Competitive tender process wins aviation specialist a new and important role in military aircraft maintenance
MEL Aviation – has been awarded a new contract from the Ministry of Defence, Air Support, Air Commodities Project Team based at MOD-Bristol UK.

MEL Aviation – the Suffolk-based engineering solution provider – has been awarded a new contract from the Ministry of Defence, Air Support, Air Commodities Project Team based at MOD-Bristol UK.

The contract win, a result of competitive tender, will see MEL Aviation provide design organisation support, spares, repair and Post Design Services (PDS) to aircraft dehumidifiers which are used to provide the ambient climate required to keep military aircraft in optimal condition and flight-ready. The contract is for a period of 4 years and will see the company act as the Coordinating Design Organisation (CDO) by providing maintenance, repair and spares as required by the MOD for use by the Royal Air Force.  In addition, the company will produce design records, air publications, equipment safety cases and design certificates to support the contract.

Gary Harvey, MD of MEL Aviation says:

We are obviously thrilled to have been awarded this key contract from the MOD. We are constantly developing new and improved repair, maintenance and overhaul services to help to keep both the civil and military aviation sectors working seamlessly and this is another example of one of our recent successes.

Dehumidification is critical for aircraft environments today and so an essential part of storage and maintenance operations for the armed forces. Aircraft are usually stored with fuel and avionics systems in place and for this reason rely on a controlled dry air dehumidified environment to keep them ready for flight.

MEL Aviation has a long and ongoing relationship with the MOD which sees us supplying a wide range of design, manufacture, repair and overhaul solutions to its many and varied project teams. We will continue to strive to be the contractor of choice for the MOD.

Long-term aircraft storage and maintenance is a hugely complex process.  Without the right, controlled environment, an aircraft would potentially require thousands of man-hours to return it to flight worthiness.

The MEL Group encompasses capabilities ranging from the design, manufacture of ground support equipment and airborne components, to the repair and overhaul of civil and military aerospace and defence products.

The MOD-Bristol’s site is the largest MOD site in the UK.  It manages procurement for the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.