Leonardo Clinches British AW159 Wildcat Helicopter Support Contract

The UK Ministry of Defence has renewed a contract with aerospace firm Leonardo to provide maintenance support for the AW159 Wildcat helicopters used by the British Army and Royal Navy.

The Wildcat is a modern, multi-purpose aircraft designed for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare. Its global fleet has reportedly surpassed 80,000 flight hours. 

As part of the 360 million pounds ($470 million) agreement, the company will provide enhanced technical support services and ground-based training for Wildcat aircrew and maintenance staff.

“Wildcat helicopters play a vital role in supporting our Armed Forces through reconnaissance, protection, and transport,” British minister for defence procurement Jeremy Quin said.

“I am delighted they will continue to receive high-quality technical support and training from Leonardo UK.”

For Leonardo official Simon Jones, the extension of support services for the Wildcat helicopters would ensure that the British military has the right equipment, training, and support to meet their operational needs.

He further stated that the company would leverage its rotary wing capabilities, cutting-edge technologies, and highly-skilled workforce to provide better support services.

Meanwhile, Leonardo revealed that the newly awarded contract would support more than 340 industry jobs, particularly in the South West of England.

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