Air International 2022-03
A.Drwiega - Economies of scale
Boeing has recently been awarded a multi-million-pound contract to help maintain the fleet of C-17 Globemaster strategic airlifters
RAF Engineers from No.27 Squadron RAF Odiham have begun work rebuilding a Mk6A Chinook Helicopter at RAFO Musannah in preparation for Exercise Saif Sareea 3, held in Oman
The UK’s ‘fleet within a fleet’ of four Chinook variants adds to the MRO requirements, although the maintenance is aided by Boeing personnel
The British Army will operate two variants of the AH-64 Apache, which will create concurrent MRO pathways until the older model is retired
The UK’s defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin outlining the capabilities of the AH-64A during a presentation onboard a Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier in 2021
The P-8A Poseidon is based on the commercial 737 airliner and thus able to leverage the lessons learned and expertise of the extensive civil maintenance infrastructure already in place
By acquiring US designed and manufactured platforms, the UK is able to take advantage of the economies of scale that Washington can bring, reducing overall acquisition and maintenance costs