Work on New Medium Helicopter is progressing and early market engagement has commenced, according to the Ministry of Defence.
Jeremy Quin, Minister for Defence Procurement, said in a statement:
“Work on New Medium Helicopter is progressing and early market engagement has commenced. Initial provisioning and cost estimate work is part of this activity but will not be released prior to the expected competition and eventual contract award as this could undermine our commercial position.”
Last year, we reported that the New Medium Helicopter Programme will see four of the medium-sized helicopters currently in service across the armed forces replaced by one new helicopter.
It is understood that the helicopters will be operated jointly by the Army and RAF under Joint Helicopter Command.
According to a news release:
“The announcement was made in the Defence Command Paper. It will form part of the Army’s programme of transformation, Future Soldier, which will deliver an Army that is leaner, lighter, faster to respond, and more effectively matched to current and future threats.
The New Medium Helicopter Programme will see four of the medium-sized helicopters currently in service across Defence replaced by one new helicopter. This will include the Bell 212 that is used by the Army Air Corps in the jungle areas of Brunei.”
Work on the programme is at an early stage with effort primarily focused on developing and refining key user requirements.
Details in relation to the procurement strategy, basing locations, fleet size, delivery schedule and organisational structure are all being assessed, say the Army.