The contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, is for the provision of Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS).
The deal is valued at approximately £260 million and starts from 1st April 2013 to the type’s out of service date in March 2016 and follows on from Phase 1 and Phase 2 of SKIOS which provide services up to the end of March 2013.
The SKIOS contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD’s fleet of Sea King helicopters operated by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. The contract includes payments for achieved flying hours and incentive arrangements associated with delivering agreed levels of aircraft serviceability and operational fleet aircraft numbers.
Under the SKIOS contract AgustaWestland has responsibility for delivering Sea King Depth Maintenance, Second Line Workshop services, spares and technical support services. Additionally AgustaWestland also delivers 1st and 2nd Line Maintenance Services for Search and Rescue Sea Kings stationed at eight bases comprising Wattisham Airfield, RAF Lossiemouth, DST Leconfield, RMB Chivenor, RAF Boulmer, RAF Valley, HMS Gannet and Mount Pleasant Airfield, Falkland Islands. These Sea Kings provide 24 hour SAR cover for the majority of the UK and the Falkland Islands.
The UK MoD’s fleet of Sea King helicopters totals almost 90 aircraft comprising the Royal Air Force’s Mk.3 and Mk.3A SAR aircraft and the Royal Navy’s Mk.4 amphibious support aircraft, Mk.5 SAR aircraft and Mk.7 Maritime Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) aircraft.