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 with the Commonwealth on October 31 to provide 15 EC 135 T2+s, flight … [Read more...]

Boeing Australia formally announced as AIR 9000 Phase 7 HATS winner

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has formally declared the team comprising Boeing Defence Australia and Thales Australia as the winning tenderer of the Project AIR 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training Systems requirement. The announcement comes some 10 months after Defence confirmed to Australian Aviation sister publication DIAR by ADBR that the Boeing/Thales … [Read more...]

First RAN Romeo helicopter arrives in Australia

The Romeo is moved into the hangar at Nowra. (Defence)

The first of the Royal Australian Navy’s 24 MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' combat helicopters arrived at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, earlier this week. The first Romeo and a non-flying MH-60R 'Bromeo' maintenance training aid airframe, which will be used to train aircrew and maintainers, were transported aboard a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster from NAS Jacksonville, … [Read more...]

1,000 flight hour milestone for RAN Romeos

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ combat helicopter crews have marked the achievement of a significant milestone, having flown 1,000 hours during training in the US. “The NUSQN 725 team clicked over the achievement without fanfare - but with considerable style – during an exercise flying as a dip gang against a Peruvian Type 209 submarine,” Navy Daily … [Read more...]

First RAN Romeo Hellfire missile firing

Aircraft 902 from NUSQN 725 fires the first Hellfire missile.

A 725SQN MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter has fired a Hellfire missile, the first time a RAN aircraft has fired a guided missile since the demise of the Fleet Air Arm's fixed wing flying in the early 1980s. The missile was fired on July 25 by one of two 725SQN MH-60Rs currently deployed to the US Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center  – AUTEC – on Andros Island, … [Read more...]