Rome, 30th March 2007
AgustaWestland and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have today signed an agreement to modify six
EH101 Merlin helicopters the MoD are buying from Denmark, to provide additional helicopter support
for the UK armed forces. The agreement also includes the purchase of six new build EH101 Merlin
helicopters that will be delivered by the MoD to the Royal Danish Air Force to replace the original
The six ex Royal Danish Air Force EH101 Merlin Joint Supporters, which will be known as EH101
Merlin HC Mk3As in RAF service, will be delivered to AgustaWestland's Yeovil facility where they will
be modified to MoD requirements. The aircraft were delivered to the Royal Danish Air Force in the last
12 months and will enter service with the Royal Air Force later this year after modification. The aircraft
will be also equipped with BERP IV technology main rotor blades which will provide further improved
performance. The Merlin Mk.3As will be the first helicopters to be equipped with these new technology
blades, developed under a jointly funded AgustaWestland and UK MoD research and development
rotor technology programme.
The six new build aircraft will be built at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility for the UK MoD who will then
deliver the aircraft to the Royal Danish Air Force to replace the original aircraft. The first of these new
build aircraft will be delivered 24 months after the contract signature.
AgustaWestland will also supply an initial support package for the Merlin HC Mk3A aircraft including
spares, training and technical publications. The aircraft which will then be integrated into the Integrated
Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) programme. Orders for 152 EH101 have been placed to date by
customers around the world including the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Italian Navy, Portuguese Air
Force, Canadian Forces, Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Royal Danish Air Force and Japanese Maritime
Self Defense Force.