30-Jan-2014 Source: Universal Wiring Systems
The company is over two thirds of the way through a contract to provide harnesses for 22 aircraft, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, with 16 aircraft sets delivered.
The Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) is a significant phase of the Merlin HM Mk1 Weapon System life cycle that will significantly enhance the Merlin’s future multi-role capability potential in the maritime battle-space of the future.
Awarded in 2006, the programme is upgrading 30 of the current Merlin Mk1 fleet to further prepare Merlin to be a major contributor to control of the littoral underwater and above water battle-space and provide wider utility in other roles and scenarios including operations other than war with a platform and mission system architecture that can more easily adapt and grow should new missions demand additional capability.
Now in service, the Merlin Mk2 and its crews are training and preparing to deploy from summer this year in its primary role, operating from the Invincible Class carriers, Type 23 frigates, Royal Fleet Auxiliaries (RFA’s) and other vessels.
Andy Routledge, operations manager of Universal Wiring Systems, said: “This is a highly-complex engineering project and one which we have relished working on. It is a tribute to our working partnership with AgustaWestland that we have been able to deliver the 16th harness set, a culmination of 400 miles of wiring, on time and within budget. We are now working flat out to deliver for the next six aircraft.”