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Merlin Capability Sustainment Plus Programme

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what improvements in capability are being examined as part of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Plus programme. [117495]

The Merlin Capability Sustainment Plus programme Assessment Phase is primarily investigating the most cost-effective way to sustain Merlin Mkl's multi-role capability for future operations. It will also, however, investigate the scope for focussed enhancements to improve the utility and versatility of the aircraft, particularly in surface surveillance, interoperability and survivability, building on experience in the Gulf.