Dominic Perry wrote an article for Flightglobal discussed about how Airbus Helicopters won yet another deal with the UK Ministry of Defense’s rotary wing contract which is also under the MFTS. MFTS stands for Military Flying Training System. Airbus out beat its rival, Cobham who uses the AgustaWestland rotorcraft in order to win the contract.
This contract is a total of over $1 billion dollars. More specifically, this deal is $1.6 billion through the Babcock Lockheed Martin Ascent joint venture.
This deal entails that there will be thirty two helicopters. These thirty two helicopters are german built. More specifically, these thirty two helicopters consist of twenty nine H135s and three H145s. The H145s are considered larger than then H135s.
Here’s what Perry wrote about this deal.
“Under the new contract, the MoD states, aircrew across the three UK services will continue to conduct their basic and advanced rotary training at the Royal Air Force's Shawbury base in Shropshire and the Army Air Corps' Middle Wallop facility in Hampshire. Crews selected for training in mountain and maritime helicopter operations will receive instruction at RAF Valley on Anglesey. Additional ground-based training equipment will be based at Shawbury.”
There will be training held under this new contract that will start in 2018.
Airbus was founded in December 18th 1970 as Airbus Industrie and changed its name to Airbus SAS in 2001. Its headquarters are in Blagnac, France. The company holds over 70,000 employees. The company’s slogan is ‘Setting the standards.’ Airbus is most commonly known for their Airbus320 and A830. Airbus is considered one of Boeing’s biggest rivals.
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