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Airbus Helicopters to collaborate with Australia’s Nova Systems

written by Adam Thorn | April 29, 2020

A Royal Australian Navy sailor is lowered to the casing of HMAS Collins from a Airbus MRH-90 Maritime Support Helicopter while sailing in the Bay of Bengal during AUSINDEX 2019 (RAAF)

Airbus Helicopters has signed a charter to collaborate with Australian defence and aerospace service company Nova Systems.

The deal will see the two businesses co-operate on equipment acquisition, support programs, personnel secondment and provision.

The agreement will be a boon for the country’s coronavirus affected sector – parent company Nova Group is Australia based but has 600 employees in offices across New Zealand, south-east Asia, the UK and Europe.

Airbus Australia Pacific managing director Andrew Mathewson said, “Airbus’ charter with Nova Systems sets the framework for a long-term collaborative relationship that will deliver real results for Australia’s defence industry capabilities, local jobs and technology upskilling.

“Airbus welcomes the opportunity to work closely with innovative enterprises such as Nova Systems to ensure that we continue to deliver the best solutions to our customers.”


Airbus Helicopters’ current Australian programs also include MRH90 Taipan, a multi-role helicopter, and the ARH Tiger, a two-seat, attack helicopter.

The 170 separate projects for the pair are worth $300 million and involve partners such as Cablex, Ferra, Safran, Partech Systems and Thales.

Nova Group chief executive Greg Hume said, “This partnership between Nova Systems ANZ and Airbus is a great example of a collaborative relationship providing sovereign services in support of the Australian government’s strategic and national interests.”

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  • Trevor Long


    The Tiger was not a success the previous Chief of Army (Now the CDF) wanted to replace the Tiger…I wonder if the current Chief is adopting the same course!

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