The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released an invitation to tender for two helicopters for the Royal Flight. The leased aircraft will replace two Westland Wessex which have been in service for more than 30 years.

Tenders have been issued to UK-based helicopter operators, including Air Hanson, Allan Mann Helicopters, Bond Helicopters, Bristow Helicopters and McAlpine Helicopters.

The replacement aircraft, which will transport members of the Royal Family and guests on official duties around the UK, are scheduled to be brought into service by 1 April, 1998.

Source: Flight International