Boeing Defence Australia and Thales Australia have reportedly been selected as the preferred tenderer to provide the ADF’s new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) under AIR 9000 Phase 7.
The selection has not been officially announced but IHS Jane’s has reported that the three shortlisted tenderers for the project, Australian Aerospace, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Raytheon Australia, were informed of the decision on Monday January 6.
The AIR 9000 Phase 7 project is intended to deliver a new joint helicopter aircrew training system for the Army and Navy, and aims to overcome the broadening gap in training requirements for the ADF’s increasingly advanced rotary wing platforms, including the Tiger ARH, MRH 90, MH-60R Romeo and CH-47F platforms.
The BDA and Thales bid would utilise the Eurocopter EC135 as its helicopter platform.
BDA currently delivers training to the ADF on a number of systems, including the Bell 206B-1 Kiowa, S-70A-9 Black Hawk and CH-47D Chinooks.