GKN-Westland is turning to Canada to try to sell its Merlin anti-submarine helicopter after the British defence review failed to produce orders for the model.
Westland believes the Canadians could be interested in buying about 30 anti-submarine helicopters. The EH-101 airframe, on which Merlin is based, has already been chosen by Canada for the Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopter, with 15 on order.
The defence review did not kill off all the company’s UK hopes. Westland hopes to win more orders for its RAF Mk3 variant Merlin, following the review’s emphasis on rapid deployment and its proposal to establish a Joint Helicopter Command.
Westland is also looking to Malaysia, which has already selected six Lynx naval helicopters. The Lynx is also on offer to South Africa.