Lockheed Martin wins first logistics support contract for Royal Navy's Merlin Helicopter.
The Merlin Support and Spares Availability Systems (MSSAS) program, valued at more than $450 million, calls for Lockheed Martin to provide the full spectrum of spares support for this new fleet of operational aircraft, the first of which is scheduled to enter service with the Royal Navy for fleet operations in early 1998. Intended to offer a cost-effective solution to the challenge of introducing such a major new system into service, the closed-loop MSSAS approach will provide the right part in the right place at the right time.
Under the MSSAS program, Lockheed Martin, also the prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter program, will integrate and coordinate with the Royal Navy and MoD repair and support facilities. Lockheed Martin will specifically model and forecast spares and repair demands, procure spares and manage warehouse and inventory activities, contractor repairs, transportation and distribution within mainland United Kingdom, as well as introduce support system or component design changes to assure specified performance. As prime contractor, Lockheed Martin will guarantee the availability of Merlin spares at the contractor-operated depot at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall, England.
Initial stocking of the depot will begin in late 1997, and the full spares and repair service will operate for a period of five years beginning in early 1998. During those five years, the Merlin operational inventory will build to its full force level and MSSAS will support operations from two principal bases in the United Kingdom, as well as with deployed operations aboard aircraft carriers and frigates.
Lockheed Martin will be supported on the MSSAS program by its Merlin helicopter program team of U.K. and European subcontractors.
Lockheed Martin ASIC provides defense systems integration, training and logistics support for the U.K. Royal Navy's Merlin helicopter.
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