The Ministry of Defence has released details regarding the extension of a contract with Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd.
This comes from a recent tender notice, labelled as the “Puma HC2 Follow-On Support Arrangement PP3 CF VTN”.
The contract specifically pertains to support for the Puma Mk2 helicopter. The current agreement will be extended “for a period of up to three years – 31 March 2028”. This deal, valued at a substantial £320 million, covers services from 1 April 2025 to 31 March 2028.
The reason provided by the authority for this contract extension was clear, “Justification for the award of contract extension with Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd is through DSPCR Regulation 16 (1)(a)(ii) – Exclusive rights; due to the contractor being the Puma Platform’s Design Organisation holding exclusive rights from a technical perspective”.
This encompasses “technical drawings, data and design information as well as validation and certification activities of UK MOD owned components being proprietary to Airbus Helicopters for the Puma Mk2 Platform.”
Moreover, Airbus Helicopters has confirmed a significant aspect of this partnership, with the contract tender notice stating that “no licences to support the Puma Mk2 shall be granted outside of Airbus Helicopters Group.”