First HATS EC135 flies

HATS First Flight 02

The first Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+ helicopter destined for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) fleet has completed its first flight. The first of 15 twin-engine helicopters (serial number 1179) took off from the Airbus Helicopters production site in Donauwörth, Germany on January 16, and landed … [Read more...]

Boeing & Airbus sign deal for HATS EC 135s

How the EC 135 T2+ will look in ADF service under the joint Navy/Army HATS program. (Airbus Helicopters)

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Airbus Helicopters have signed a contract for Airbus to provide 15 Airbus EC 135 T2+ helicopters for the ADF’s AIR 9000 Phase 7 helicopter Aircrew Training System. Announced as the preferred bidder late last year, the Boeing and Thales Australia team signed a contract … [Read more...]

Datalink upgrade for Army Tiger ARHs

The acquisition of an interim Tactical Data Link for the Australian Army’s ARH Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters has been approved by Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston. A total of 21 helicopters are set to be upgraded. The project, which is valued at less than $20 million, will inform the … [Read more...]