Thu, Jun 26, 2008
Third MRH90 Now In Aussie Hands
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, Greg
Combet, announced Wednesday Australia's third Multi-Role
Helicopter, MRH04, has been transported to Australia by a RAAF
"The delivery of the latest Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) by C-17
is a major capability milestone demonstrating the ability to deploy
the helicopter globally once it is ready for operational
"The C-17 was on the return leg of an operational task and this
activity has capitalized on a great opportunity to bring the MRH to
Australia early. This is the first time, worldwide, that a
helicopter of this type has been transported in a C-17. It is a
significant achievement by Defence and Industry," Combet said.
"The third MRH90 will provide an increase in capacity for the
test and training program for Defence's new troop lift and maritime
support helicopter," Combet said. "The helicopter will now be
prepared for acceptance by the prime contractor, Australian
Aerospace, and staff from the Defence Materiel Organization."
The MRH90 is the Australian variant of the Eurocopter NH90. The
helos are capable of carrying two pilots and 20 fully-equipped
combat troops up to 900km at speeds of up to 300km/h. They will
replace existing Army Black Hawk and Navy Sea King helicopters.
"Following successful completion of acceptance testing, Defence
anticipates that MRH04 will be accepted in July 2008, after which
the helicopter will be delivered to the 5th Aviation Regiment in
Townsville to join the test and training program," Combet said.
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