£250 million contract for AgustaWestland from MOD

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This just popped up in my local news feed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-16975533

Does anyone have any further information on the contract? Is this just part of the current Wildcat buy or on top of the already signed contract?

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This article goes into more detail.
http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/AgustaWestland-lands-250m-Ministry-Defence/story-15176588-detail/story.html

Yeovil's biggest employer has secured a new contract with the Ministry of Defence worth a quarter of a billion pounds, the Western Gazette can exclusively reveal.

AgustaWestland, which employs around 3,600 UK workers, has won a £250-million contract to provide the support and training for a new fleet of Army and Navy Lynx Wildcat helicopters over the next five years, according to sources.

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This new deal will result in AgustaWestland staff training the military pilots who will use the new helicopters.

The company is also working on a MoD contract to build a new £76-million training centre for the helicopters which will be located at RNAS Yeovilton, alongside Royal Navy and British Army AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadron.

The state-of-the-art facility will incorporate two full mission simulators, a flight training device and cockpit procedures trainer.

Training courses for the Army are due to commence at the centre from January 2013, and for the Navy in the following year.