Navy LADS Dash 8 deploys to New Zealand

The Royal Australian Navy's only fixed-wing aircraft, its contractor-operated Dash 8 Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) platform is due to arrive in New Zealand on Thursday to survey part of the earthquake-hit South Island's coastline. Defence said in a statement on Thursday that the aircraft will conduct … [Read more...]

Final H135 helicopters for HATS accepted

The final six of 15 H135s (EC135 T2+) for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) achieved factory acceptance on November 22 at Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth facility, north of Munich, Germany, ahead of their delivery to HMAS Albatross, Nowra. HATS prime contractor … [Read more...]

Final RAN Seahawk Romeo handed over

The Royal Australian Navy has formally accepted the last of 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters in a ceremony at Nowra on Monday. The handover came less than two years after the first Australian Romeo arrived in country and just over five years after the type was selected as the RAN’s new naval combat … [Read more...]