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Merlin Helicopters: Early Warning Systems

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 29912, tabled on 4 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Merlin Crowsnest helicopter will achieve full operating capability.

Answered on

12 July 2022

CROWSNEST achieved its In Service Date in February 2021 and deployed on the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers in 2021 and 2022. The capability is being introduced incrementally to operations as soon as available.

A review is nearing completion to determine a re-baselined initial operating capability and full operating capability due to historical delays and based on recently improved industry delivery.