The British government this year is expected to develop a detailed plan for a mid-life update of Royal Air Force (RAF) Merlin Mk. 3 helicopters to prepare them to take over for retiring Royal Navy Sea Kings. The activity is advancing in parallel with flight trials and production of the Royal Navy’s own upgrade of the Merlin, with two of four Mk.2 prototypes now in flight trials. RAF operates 22 Merlin Mk.3s and six Mk.3As, which are due for updates in 4-6 years. The plan is to modify ...

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