Agustawestland signs Sea King contract
AgustaWestland recently announced that it has signed a contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, valued at approximately £260 million, for the provision of Sea King integrated operational support (SKIOS) from April 1, 2013, to the type’s out of service date in March 2016. This contract will follow on from Phase-1 and Phase-2 of SKIOS which provide services till March 2013.
The SKIOS contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD’s fleet of Sea King helicopters operated by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. The contract includes payments for achieved flying hours and incentive arrangements associated with delivering agreed levels of aircraft serviceability and operational fleet aircraft numbers.
Ray Edwards, Managing Director, AgustaWestland, said “The Sea King, after more than 40 years in service, continues to play an important role supporting British troops and delivering higher than contracted levels of availability for search and rescue missions.”