Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR October 2010 Contents Defence contractor, Australian Aerospace Limited announced on
September 21 that it is on track to meet its 2010 schedule for
deliveries of NH90 MRH multi-role helicopters to the Australian
Defence Force (ADF).
Australian Aerospace, which produces the MRH90s at its final assembly
facility on Brisbane Airport, delivered its 13th MRH90 on 3 September
2010. Another three helicopters are scheduled to be delivered by the end
of the year.
A total of 46 MRH90s have been ordered by the Army and Navy to replace
existing Black Hawk and Sea King helicopters.
Dr Jens Goennemann, Chief Executive Officer Australian Aerospace
said he was pleased to report that the delivery program is progressing well
despite a temporary cessation of flying operations earlier this year when
an MRH90 experienced a shutdown of one of its two engines. Australian
Aerospace is on track to deliver all MRH90s during 2010 as contracted in
“The engine manufacturer, Rolls Royce -Turbomeca, is currently working
with the ADF on the root cause, and, in the meantime, the MRH90s have
resumed flying operations,” Dr Goennemann said. “Two helicopters have
been accepted since the resumption of flying and the MRH90 delivery,
testing and training program is now building momentum.”
These first 13 deliveries comprise aircraft assembled to Product Base
Line (PBL) 01 and 02 standard. The remaining 33 aircraft will be assembled
to PBL 03 standard incorporating enhanced avionics and other systems
designed to ease and lighten crew workload.
Eventually, the initial 13 MRH90s will be returned to Australian Aerospace
and upgraded to PBL 03 standard.
Dr Goennemann said he was also pleased to report that work on a
strengthened floor being developed for the Australian MRHs was
progressing smoothly and on track for serialised production in 2011.
MRH 90 Credit: ADF
on track, on time
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