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respectively. It is the OEM for the CAC-assembled
Kiowa fleet and has supported Australian military
helicopter operations for over 50 years..
In 2010 the company announced that it would
team with Raytheon Australia to offer its Bell 429
medium turbine helicopter for AIR 9000 Phase 7.
BOEING DEFENCE AUSTRALIA
Boeing Defence Australia has been running the
Army Aviation Training and Training Support
(AATTS) scheme to train Army Aviation since
2007 and will continue in the role until the Phase
7 training system comes into service.
Under the AATTS contract, Boeing Defence
Australia provides pilot, aircrew and technician
training at Oakey, as well as operational level
maintenance at Holsworthy and pilot and
technician training at Townsville.
As well as training pilots, the AATTS scheme
provides Aircrewman training on two Bell 412
helicopters, operated by Australian Helicopters.
Boeing Defence Australia also provides instructors
for the RAEME Aircraft Maintenance School to
train Black Hawk technicians, Airframe/Engine
and Avionics Technicians, Structural Fitters and
various ancillary training courses. It also provides
training on the Chinook at Townsville.
Since its inception, the AATTS scheme has
trained 120 pilots and flown 7000 training sorties
and over 8000 flying hours. In April the company
celebrated the milestone of having supported the
Army’s 27 Kiowas for 60,000 flight hours, through
AATTS and previous contracts held by its heritage
At Avalon it announced it would join Thales
Australia in the bid for AIR 9000 Phase 7, but had
previously been associated with AgustaWestland.
BRISTOW HELICOPTERS AUSTRALIA
Bristow Helicopters Australia has been
responsible for the support of the Singapore Air
Force Super Puma fleet, which has been based at
Oakey since1998. It is also the largest provider of
helicopter services to the oil and gas industry in
Australia, with a fleet of around 35 helicopters.
At the Avalon show, the company announced
that it would team with Lockheed Martin for AIR
9000 Phase 7.
Lockheed Martin is a co-prime contractor for the
MH-60R Romeo helicopter which is currently
being built for the United States Navy and on offer
to the RAN for AIR 9000 Phase 8. The company is
responsible for the integrated mission systems
and digital cockpit and is partnered with Sikorsky
(airframe design and manufacture), General
Electric (engines), Raytheon (Airborne Low
Frequency Sonar and Multi-Spectral Targeting
System) and CAE (simulators).
Together with the other partners, Lockheed
Martin has been actively seeking Australian
companies with which to collaborate to realise its
goal of $1.5 billion worth of local industry work
should it win Phase 8.
It is seeking Australian suppliers to contribute
to the recently-established Global Supply Chain
and has identified the manufacture of weapons
pylons for the Romeo as an early example.
The company is also a major training
systems provider, through its Global Training
and Logistics division, and has announced its
intention to bid for the Phase 7 training system.
Although it has teamed with Bristow Helicopters
Australia for HATS, Lockheed Martin says it is not
able to nominate a preferred platform or supplier
until the Commonwealth releases its Request For
Tender later this year.
Raytheon Australia supplies four AgustaWestland
AW109E Power helicopters to the Australian
Defence Force under a Retention and Motivation
Initiative. The $24 million RMI was signed in
December 2006 to provide a fully ‘turn-key’
operation which guarantees 1500 flying hours
per year. Three of the AW109s are operated by the
Navy from Nowra, to provide ongoing training for
pilots and observers who would have operated
the SH-2G(A) Seasprites had they entered service
as planned. The RMI was extended last year to
encompass a fourth aircraft, operated by the
Aerospace Operational Support Group at RAAF
In July 2009 the company, with partner Airwork
(NZ) Limited, won an initial five year contract to
provide In Service Support to the RANs fleet of
AS350BA Ecureuil (Squirrel) Lead In Helicopter
Trainers. The performance-based contract also
has four one-year extension options to ensure
the Squirrel fleet is adequately supported until
the HATS system becomes operational.
In August 2010, Raytheon Australia announced
that it would join with Bell Helicopter Textron to
propose the Bell 429 for AIR 9000 Phase 7.
Sikorsky, through its Helitech business in
Brisbane, has supported Kiowa and Black Hawk
operations in Australia for many years and offers
logistics, engineering, component overhaul,
aircraft maintenance and training, for both
military and civil helicopters,
As a co-prime contractor in ‘Team Romeo’
the company is promoting local industry
involvement to realise the $1.5 billion target
should its bid for Phase 8 prove successful.
Sikorsky says that more than $300 million of the
total would be for Through Life Support of the
type at maintenance and logistics support centre
it plans to establish at Nowra.
Part of this plan would see the remanufacture
of 34 ex-Army Black Hawks to utility (troop
transport), configuration, and 16 ex-Navy
Seahawks for Coastguard/SAR over a nine or ten
year period. This will allow them to be onwards-
sold to paramilitary organisations overseas. This
work would be conducted in Brisbane at the
Helitech facility and the company says there is
potential for further work from regional air arms.
During the Avalon airshow Sikorsky signed
Memoranda of Understandings with Quickstep
Holdings and Trakka Corporation for potential
participation in Sikorsky’s Australian Industry
Participation Programme and also to become
recognised suppliers to Sikorsky’s Global Supply
Chain. The MoUs are however contingent on the
MH-60R being chosen for Phase 8.
Sikorsky says it is interested in participating in
the Phase 7 competition as an airframe supplier
and/or support provider, but concedes that its
candidate, the S-76D, is at the high end of the
market for a twin-engined helicopter.
Thales Australia is a major maintenance, spares
and systems supplier for the Tiger and MRH 90
helicopters now entering service. It also operates
the Tiger simulator at Oakey (and, in the near
future, Darwin) and will be responsible for the
MRH 90 simulators at Oakey and Townsville. Both
the Tiger and MRH 90 simulators are products of
the parent Thales Company.
Thales also manufactures and supports the
TopOwl Helmet Mounted Sight Display (HMSD)
used by Tiger and MRH 90 crews.
At the Avalon show, Thales Australia signed an
MoU with Boeing Defence Australia to bid for
Phase 7, but the two companies say they are yet
to make a decision on whether to team with a
helicopter manufacturer or to source a platform
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