What is the Cost per Hour to Run a Merlin Mk2 Helicopter?

The cost per hour to run a Merlin Mark 2 helicopter, loaded to full capacity, is £15,871 (including VAT). This cost is based upon a standard configuration of the aircraft. Reference FOI 2021/05819 dated 16 June 2021. Advertisements

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What is the Submarine Command Course?

Introduction The Submarine Command Course (SMCC), previously known as the Commanding Officers Qualifying Course (COQC), and informally known as The Perisher because of its supposed low success rate, is a training course for naval officers preparing to take command of a submarine (Navy News, 2021). “The sailors spent months learning the deadly art of submarine… Read More

New Robotic Training Complex Created

The Royal Navy will be involved in Europe’s first maritime operations and training centre for robotic vehicles. Joined by Seabot XR and the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the three have agreed to establish the National Centre for Operational Excellence in Marine Robotics. The centre will deliver new standards of training using the world-renowned facilities… Read More

Troops Go On A ‘Digital’ Deployment

An innovative blend of simulations has been transforming training rooms into synthetic towns and cities to enable troops to evaluate and evolve their tactics for conducting operations in built-up areas. Headquarters staff from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh in Tidworth were among the latest personnel to plan and wargame urban missions using a QinetiQ-supplied cache… Read More

Units Reorganise in Preparation for the ‘Army of 2025’

The 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment is to become part of the 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team. That’s the headline-grabber in the first round of rejigs to be delivered under the Army’s Future Soldier plan, which sets out the bold and ambitious vision for modernising the Army. In addition, 12th and 20th Armoured… Read More

Brigade of Gurkhas Gets a ‘New’ Battalion

The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion has been re-designated as part of the Brigade of Gurkhas and renamed accordingly. Now known as the Gurkha Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion, the formation will continue to enable and provide force protection to HQ ARRC, the British-led NATO warfighting outfit. Speaking at a parade to mark… Read More

Jordanian Armed Forces: An Integrating Task

An all-female short-term training team from the British Army’s 16 Air Assault Brigade have helped boost the Jordanian Armed Forces’ (JAF) efforts to integrate women into their ranks. The British soldiers led a ten-day package covering topics such as counter-IED and battle casualty drills, PT and urban operations, with the experienced instructors swiftly overcoming cultural… Read More