Cobham sign contract to provide Helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron.
Cobham Helicopter Services Business Unit (Cobham) today
announced that they have signed a contract with QinetiQ for the
provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots' School
(ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).
ETPS and RWTES are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK
Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement
Cobham will provide a single Bell412 HAR2 helicopter, aircrew
training, and supporting maintenance personnel to be based at MOD
Boscombe Down. The contract, valued at circa £2 million,
commenced May 2016 and will be for an 18 month period.
Peter Nottage, Sector President, Cobham Aviation Services
commented: "We are delighted to win this new contract with QinetiQ
to support both ETPS and RWTES. The helicopter will be
operated on the military register and the contract is evidence of
our considerable experience of delivering Military Registered
Contractor Owned aircraft (MRCOA) under long term performance based
contracts. We look forward to working with QinetiQ to deliver
John Anderson, Managing Director for QinetiQ's Air and Space
business, said: "This aircraft and associated services are welcome
additions to ETPS, which trains some of the world's finest test
pilots and engineers. The contract demonstrates the way in
which we work with industry partners to provide value for money to
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