AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW159 Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is now operational, providing through life support and training for the Royal Navy and British Army’s new fleet of AW159 Wildcat helicopters that are now entering service.
The initial period of the contract will run to March 2017 with a commercial framework in place that will enable the delivery of support and training services until the planned out of service date of the aircraft in 2044, subject to demonstrating continuing value for money. Work on contract started in early 2012 to ensure the support and training was in place for the commencement of deliveries of AW159 Wildcats in April 2012.
The WIST contract will deliver the required levels of aircraft availability at reduced through life costs compared to those of the legacy Lynx fleet and builds on the success of similar Integrated Operational Support (IOS) availability based contracts that AgustaWestland is delivering for the UK MOD AW101 Merlin, Sea King and Apache helicopter fleets. The contract is output-based, whereby AgustaWestland is incentivised to improve the levels of operational output whilst seeking continuous improvement to reduce through life costs.
Ray Edwards, Managing Director, AgustaWestland Ltd said "Encompassing not just availability based support services but also aircrew, maintainer and ground crew training, the WIST contract provides a complete through life support and training package that will deliver cost savings and increased aircraft availability.”
"The AW159 Wildcat’s equipment fit and performance will also provide an increased level of helicopter capability for both the British Army and Royal Navy. AgustaWestland and our industry partners are committed to delivering the best possible support and training solutions."
AgustaWestland and its suppliers are now delivering a complete spares provisioning service, enhanced technical support services including aircraft safety management and full systems integration rig support and delivering synthetic and ground based training for both aircrew and maintainers.
The contract will sustain over 300 industry jobs mainly in the South West of England at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, where the joint AgustaWestland/MOD WIST project office, Wildcat Training Centre and front line squadrons will be located and at the AgustaWestland Yeovil factory.
Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Jul 12, 2012