Reportedly, two major airplane manufacturers, Boeing Co. (BA) from the United States and Airbus SE from Europe, have joined forces to compete for a contract from the UK government. This contract is for the provision of helicopters to the Royal Air Force and the British Army to replace the aging fleet of Puma HC Mk2 twin-engine medium transport helicopters. The exact size of the contract has not been disclosed in the joint statement issued by the companies.
Both companies have announced that if Airbus’ offer to build a military version of its H175M super-medium helicopter is chosen, then Boeing Defence UK will be responsible for providing training to aircrew, ground crew and maintenance personnel.
“As a member of the H175M Task Force, we look forward to leveraging our current expertise to ensure availability and readiness for the UK’s future helicopter fleets,” stated Steve Burnell, Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK.
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