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Re-role with it – upgrading RAF Merlin helicopters for the Royal Navy

The £330m Merlin Life Sustainment Programme will convert 25 RAF AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime use by the Royal Navy to replace its fleet of Sea King Mk4 helicopters by 2020. As well as making them suitable for takeoff and landing from aircraft carriers, the programme will deliver significant upgrades to the airframe, cockpit and avionics systems to bring them up to the latest specifications.


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