Rotary MFTS on Hold ??

LONDON — A scheme to award a contractor a 20-year deal to provide and support a fleet of new helicopters to train British military crews has become the latest victim of the ongoing round of budget cuts being pushed through by the Ministry of Defence. Industry sources here said two consortiums vying for what could be a contract worth more than 400 million pounds ($641.6 million) as part of the Military Flying Training System (MFTS) program had been informed that the rotary-wing portion of the project is on ice for the foreseeable future and may be canceled.
U.K. May Ditch Plan for New Helo Trainers | Defense News |
I remember in the original bid back before FBH won it supplying the Bell 412 and AS350BA, that the Bell 206 and Eurocopter BK117 were offered by the rival consortium at the time.

Its a shame due to budgetary constraints, that this has been shelved aside, as I had read somewhere that the curren fleet was worked hard and possible need for new airframes.

As FBH -DHFS SARTU has the AW139 airframe to train customers from abroad that fly that type in the SAR role, in essence, the 139 could replace the 412 as the new multi engined training platform (in some countries, the 139 has replaced the 412 in the SAR/EMS and offshore role). Also they have AW109E Power airframe as well on their books so another good multi engined platform to continue.

What could replace the Squirrel, in the single engined training role one could ask - EC120B (as used by Ejercitio del Aire and Bundespolizei and Helidax in France on contract to the French MoD), or Bell 407 or AW119Ke.

Another question springs to mind, is having the single and multi engined training platform with a glass cockpit as the AW101 and WAH-64D and the new Chinook HC.5/6.

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