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Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister
for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly announced on
May 30 that three Tenderers have been selected
to progress Project Air 9000 Phase 7 which will
provide a new helicopter aircrew training system
to meet the future rotary wing training needs of the
Australian Defence Force (ADF).
AIR 9000 Phase 7 is an important project which
will deliver a new joint helicopter aircrew training
system for Army and Navy to be based at Nowra,
New South Wales.
This new joint training system will overcome
the broadening gap in training systems required
for the advanced operational helicopters to be
operated by the future ADF, including 22 Tiger Armed
Reconnaissance Helicopters, 47 MRH90 Multi-role
helicopters, 24 Seahawk Romeo maritime combat
helicopters, and 7 CH-47 (F) Chinook medium
The new joint training system will allow the
retirement of 40 Kiowa helicopters operated by Army
and 13 Squirrel helicopters operated by Navy. The
new training system will comprise a combination
of light twin-engine helicopters, with options for
basic and advanced avionic systems; a mix of
Synthetic Training Devices (Simulators and Part-
Task Trainers); new Training, Administration and
Warehousing facilities; and Integrated Through
Life Support. An Aviation Training Vessel will also
be supplied as a component of the new training
system through existing Defence Maritime Support
The three short-listed Tenderers are the teams
led by Australian Aerospace Ltd, Boeing Defence
Australia Ltd and Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd.
The Request for Tender was issued in early 2012.
The three short-listed Tenderers will now enter the
second phase of the evaluation, which will include
the development and evaluation of final proposals.
A decision on the successful tenderer is expected
by mid-2014, with training on the new expected to
commence in 2016/17.
The total project value is up to $1 billion. ¢
THALES DELIVERS HAWKEI
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for
Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly said on May 30 that
they welcomed Thales Australia’s on-time delivery of
six Hawkei prototypes and one trailer prototype under
the latest stage of Project LAND 121 Phase 4.
The prototypes delivered under Stage 2 of Project
LAND 121 Phase 4 are designed to combine speed
with safety for Australian soldiers on the battlefield.
Project LAND 121 Phase 4 is a $1.5 billion project
that seeks to provide up to 1300 protected and
unprotected light vehicles. In December 2011,
the Government announced that Thales Australia’s
Hawkei had been selected as the preferred vehicle for
development and testing under the Manufactured and
Supported in Australia option of LAND 121 Phase 4.
In June 2012, the Government further announced
that just over $38 million had been allocated for
further development and testing of the Hawkei.
Under an agreement reached between Thales and
the Australian Government, Thales was contracted
to supply six prototype Hawkei vehicles for further
testing and evaluation.
On May 30 the project achieved a significant
milestone with the delivery of the last two of the six
to the Monegeetta
Proving Ground in
with the four
variants will be
tested by the
Agency over the
The test program
will also include
testing, reliability trials, survivability testing and user
The Hawkei is a mobile, light protected mobility
vehicle which offers a high level of protection for
personnel inside. The new Hawkei prototypes are
being manufactured at Thales’s facility in Bendigo,
where Bushmasters have been produced since 2004.
These manufacturing capabilities, and the skills of
the workforce, are an important national security
As Bushmaster production winds down,
development of the Hawkei may help to retain some
of these critical skills in Bendigo. Subject to ongoing
good progress, a decision is expected in late 2013
on whether Defence intends to seek approval for
Hawkei production. Final Government approval is
expected between 2014/15 - 2015/16. ¢
HELICOPTER AIRCREW TRAINING SYSTEM FOR ARMY
AND NAVY PILOTS TENDER SHORT-LISTING
Lockheed Martin F-35 Credit: F-35 JPO
Army Kiowas - being replaced
Credit: CoA / Helen Frank
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