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small medium enterprises which will be members of the new Network.
Raytheon Australia points out it has great pedigree as a mission systems
integrator for training. This includes the Hornet Aircrew Training System,
the Electronic Warfare Training System and the AWD Training System.
Most recently, in February, Raytheon Australia announced that it had
signed a contract for the provision of capabilities to support Australian
Super Hornet operational and training requirements. Raytheon Australia
says it has assembled a proven team for the contract which includes Link
Simulation and Training – L-3 Communications and Milskil. The same
team has worked together over the last five years on the F/A 18A/B Hornet
Aircrew Training System programme.
Meanwhile, helicopter manufacturers are lining up as contenders for
Air 9000 Phase 7. One of these is Australian Aerospace which will base its
bid around the EC135. The manufacturer is currently preoccupied with
preparing its response to the tender for Air 9000 Phase 8 which is expected
to be released shortly and will pitch its NH90 NFH against the Lockheed
Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R Romeo, but is maintaining a watching brief on
Phase 7 progress. “Although Phase 7 gained first pass approval in February
2007, the requirement/acquisition strategy details still have to be defined
by the government. So at this stage, Australian Aerospace is keeping all
options open regarding how we will respond to Phase 7, but it will be based
around the EC135,” says the Brisbane-based division of Eurocopter.
Regarding possible partnerships, Australian Aerospace says that it has
been in constant discussions with a number of potential partners over
the last three years concerning various teaming arrangements. “These
consultations are ongoing but it would be premature at this time to identify
those potential partners,” it adds. The company has previously teamed with
Thales on a number of programmes, including the Tiger ARH.
The EC135 is “by far the most sophisticated training platform in operation
today”, claims Australian Aerospace, with the helicopter already selected
by customers including Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Japan. The
helicopter is likely to be up against contenders including the Bell 429 and
the AgustaWestland AW109LUH for Air 9000 Phase 7.
Australian Aerospace already has a strong foundation with the ADF.
“Through the Tiger ARH and MRH90 prorgammes, Australian Aerospace is
providing 58 platforms of the latest-generation helicopters to the Army and
Navy. Should Australian Aerospace win the Phase 8 contract with the NH90
NFH, it will become the sole source supplier of all rotary platforms in the
ADF inventory, with the exception of the Chinooks,” says the manufacturer.
It adds: “This would go a long way towards meeting the government’s
declared goal of rationalising and harmonising the ADF’s rotary wing fleet.”
Australian Aerospace is already providing training devices and delivering
training services for the ARH and MRH programmes. APDR
NSW Trainers. Credit: BAE
One of two massive modules forming the Armed Reconnaissance
Helicopter (ARH Tiger) Full Flight and Mission Simulator (FFMS)
Instructor debrief student. Credit: BAE
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