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...]

Visuals upgrade for Tiger ARH sim

The ARH sim at Oakey.

The visual display system of Army Aviation’s Tiger ARH full flight mission simulator (FFMS) installed at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre, Queensland has been upgraded to the highest levels of ‘out of the window’ realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world. Thales Australia with prime contractor Airbus Group … [Read more...]

Army Black Hawks farewell Townsville

Black Hawks fly over Townsville. (Defence)

The Army has marked the end of S-70A-9 Black Hawk operations from Townsville with a flyover of the northern Queensland city they have called home for the last 25 years. Six Black Hawks and three examples of the helicopter it is being replaced by, the MRH 90 Taipan, flew over Townsville on Monday. Black … [Read more...]