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Forged Solutions Group announced in Leonardo’s Team AW149 UK – the onshore supply chain behind the AW149

Last month the Forged Solutions Group was named as part of the elite team that will support Leonardo’s AW149 as ‘the UK choice’ for the Ministry of Defence’s New Medium Helicopter requirement.

Team AW149 UK represents the best in British engineering and manufacturing, and the Forged Solutions Group secured its place owing to our extensive expertise and heritage in manufacturing complex components for the aerospace sector.

In September, Leonardo put forward its medium multi-role AW149 helicopter for the UK’s New Medium Helicopter requirement, which will see the UK Armed Forces replacing four helicopter types including the Puma HC2 by mid-2025.

The AW149 is a safe, agile, and robust platform, which can be reconfigured for a wide range of demanding missions in the most severe operational environments. Should the UK choose the Leonardo AW149, the company will build the new fleet on a UK-based cutting-edge production line with between 60-70% of the platform’s content and through-life support being carried out onshore in the UK at Leonardo and through UK suppliers, including the Forged Solutions Group.

Ben McIvor, President of Forged Solutions Group, said:

“We are proud to be a member of the Leonardo Team AW149 UK, and to contribute to this important campaign, which has so much future potential. Forged Solutions Group manufactures shafts, rings, discs, asymmetric forgings and extruded cylinders in a range of titanium, nickel, and steel alloys. We have a global blue-chip customer base for whom we are a trusted, high-quality turnkey supplier known for our unique forging capability and ingenuity. We have particular expertise and a long history of supplying components to the aerospace sector including multiple helicopter platforms such as the Leonardo AW149.”