BAE Systems has recently been awarded a £75 million maintenance contract which will guarantee availability of the Nimrod Maritime Reconnaissance fleet to the Royal Air Force for the next six years.
Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide guaranteed levels of Nimrod availability through spares-inclusive maintenance.
BAE Systems will also perform major and minor maintenance and ensure an agreed level of airframe components are available to support the RAF’s first and second-line maintenance of the Nimrod MR2 fleet.
The Nimrod Integrated Support Contract will run for six years. The work, which will be undertaken at RAF Kinloss, Scotland, also integrates the provision of design support and will help significantly in the transition to support solutions for Nimrod MRA4.
The primary role of the Nimrod MR2s is to hunt and, if necessary, destroy non-friendly submarines and surface ships in British waters. The Nimrod’s long-range capability also makes it an ideal aircraft to carry out search and rescue missions in areas beyond the reach of helicopters.