In March 2006, Lockheed Martin UK was awarded a 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract by AgustaWestland to provide comprehensive support to the Royal Navy’s fleet of Merlin Mk1 helicopters.
Merlin might be the most advanced helicopter of its type in the world, but without the right processes in place to keep the fleet properly maintained and airworthy, or the correct training schedules to keep crews and operators up to speed with systems and upgrades, the Royal Navy won’t get the most out of the aircraft.
So, the IMOS contract is designed to optimise the Merlin Mk1’s availability to support front line operations. It covers everything from training to servicing and spare parts for the Avionics Systems, the Avionic Test System and the Training System.
By bringing together a team from industry: the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the MoD, IMOS will reduce response times and improve system availability by having experts on-site to deal with queries and issues.
In January 2011, AgustaWestland signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the second five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. Under the IMOS contract, AgustaWestland has partnered with Total Support Services (TSS), an alliance between SELEX Galileo, Thales UK, GE and the Defence Support Group (DSG), to support air vehicle avionics and with Lockheed Martin to provide support for the Royal Navy's AW101 Merlin mission system and the Merlin Training System at RNAS Culdrose.