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Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

The aircraft set to train Australian Defence Force aviators is an impressive piece of kit. The Airbus EC135 T2+ offers the perjformance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter and will replace the Navy’s Squirrel and Army’s Kiowa, which are more than 30 and 40 years old respectively. The EC135 is widely used by police, firefighting… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 11-Jul-17

CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-17

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New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP, today inspected progress in the development of a $157 million Helicopter Aircrew Training System at 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross. Minister Payne said the project will provide state of the art training facilities for Navy and Army aviators. “The new… Read more »

Source: Defence Minister Australia, 21-Mar-17

First search and rescue for MH-60R

First search and rescue for MH-60R

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. Two survivors were located by Perth’s MH-60R helicopter, call sign ‘Hellcat’, and were recovered by a civilian yacht. The support provided to the rescue mission marked the first occasion that an Australian Navy MH-60R whilst on an operational deployment has been used in such… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The first aircraft lifted off from HMAS Albatross yesterday with the first tranche of Flying Instructors from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

Final MH-60R delivery to Royal Australian Navy

Final MH-60R delivery to Royal Australian Navy

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), together with the U.S. Navy, ceremonially delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The hand-over occurred during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s purpose-built logistics and maintenance facility in Nowra which will house and maintain the new fleet. The ceremony was attended by representatives… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Sep-16

Royal Australian Navy hosts first MV-22 Osprey sea trials

Royal Australian Navy hosts first MV-22 Osprey sea trials

HMAS Canberra has successfully landed a United States Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft on its flight deck for the very first time. The trial was conducted as part of the Sea Phase for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 off the north east coast of Hawaii. Commander Air, HMAS Canberra, Commander Adrian… Read more »

Source: RAN, 22-Jul-16

First Australian made MH-60R aircrew graduate

First Australian made MH-60R aircrew graduate

The Royal Australian Navy’s, MH-60R Seahawk helicopter capability continues to grow with the recent graduation of the first ‘Australian-made’ aircrew students. Graduating from the first Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer Course was Lieutenant Commander Eugene Cleary and Lieutenants Chris Prescott and Geoff Winter. Petty Officer Aircrewman Colin McCallum and Leading Seaman Aircrewman Stephen McGreal also completed… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 29-Oct-15

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Royal Australian Navy considers MQ-8C Fire Scout purchase

Royal Australian Navy considers MQ-8C Fire Scout purchase

Future Royal Australian Navy vessels will almost certainly be equipped with both manned and remote unmanned choppers that will reduce risk and cost. See Full Story

Source: News, 19-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Schiebel´s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has in a series of flights between 2 and 12 June 2015 successfully demonstrated its multi- sensor capability to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and other Australian Government Departments. The demanding trials took place near Nowra, on the South East Coast of Australia, and encompassed multiple scenarios, performed… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy commissions MH-60R Squadron

Royal Australian Navy commissions MH-60R Squadron

Commissioning is an important historical occasion marking the formal induction of a squadron and its aircraft into the fleet. The MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ became part of 725 Squadron in a ceremony at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales, on 11 June. Minister for Defence, the Hon Kevin Andrews said the introduction of the Romeo… Read more »

Source: Navy Daily, 17-Jun-15

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Sikorsky awarded $7.7M order for MH-60R moving map integration

Sikorsky awarded $7.7M order for MH-60R moving map integration

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $7,710,680 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 4028 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for non-recurring engineering (NRE), logistics and program support required to produce and deliver six Moving Map Integration (MMI) air vehicle production and installation kits, and associated supporting documentation for the Navy MH-60R/S aircraft…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jun-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $8.5M delivery order for MH-60R/S GPS and ADS-B updgrades

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.5M delivery order for MH-60R/S GPS and ADS-B updgrades

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded an $8,463,768 modification to delivery order 4001 issued against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for integration of software modifications of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast into Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Guidance units in support of the MH-60 R/S… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy formally begins MH-60R Seahawk training

Royal Australian Navy formally begins MH-60R Seahawk training

CAE today announced that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has accepted into service the first of two MH-60R Seahawk Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFT) along with an MH-60R Avionics Maiintenance/Weapons Load Trainer (AM/WLT). The MH-60R simulators are located at HMAS Albatross, which is near Nowra in New South Wales and home of the Royal Australian… Read more »

Source: CAE, 02-Apr-15

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Raytheon awarded $10M turret order for Australian MH-60R fleet

Raytheon awarded $10M turret order for Australian MH-60R fleet

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $10,464,556 for job order 0060 under previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for procurement of Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Turret Units, electronic units and power converter units and data for the MH-60 Royal Australian Navy. This contract involves foreign military sales to Australia. The system is an airborne, electro-optic,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-15

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Boeing to Train Australian Army and Navy Helicopter Pilots for Next 25 Years

Boeing to Train Australian Army and Navy Helicopter Pilots for Next 25 Years

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will train Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army helicopter pilots for the next 25 years through a $A600 million contract that broadens the company’s partnership with Australia’s armed forces. For the JP 9000 Phase 7-Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) effort, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) teamed with Thales to develop a low-risk solution… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 18-Nov-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,879,035 for delivery order 4001 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for software modifications required for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast enhancements, including integration of the TAWS II software into… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-14

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First Hellfire missile test for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R

First Hellfire missile test for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R

In the space of seven short months, NUSQN 725 has leapt from receiving their first MH-60R Romeo helicopters to firing the first Royal Australian Navy AGM-114 Hellfire missiles during a live fire exercise at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC) in the United States. It was smiles all round for the entire team,… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 01-Aug-14

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KBR to coordinate Australian Landing Helicopter Dock Ships

KBR to coordinate Australian Landing Helicopter Dock Ships

KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that it has been awarded an initial five-year contract (with options for four additional years) by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide the Capability Support Coordinator (CSC) services for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships. The CSC contract will provide configuration management, data management, maintenance monitoring, engineering… Read more »

Source: KBR, 08-Jul-14

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Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $14,000,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004). This order provides for non-recurring efforts to incorporate the Engineering Change Proposal 4330AU into the Royal Australian Navy MH-60R aircraft for the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. In addition,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-14

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Australian Sea Kings shipped to UK for breaking up

Australian Sea Kings shipped to UK for breaking up

Shoalhaven residents had a last glimpse of 817 Squadron’s fleet of Sea King helicopters as the aircraft made their final journey from HMAS Albatross, on what was a suitably sombre, grey and rainy day. The helicopters were a familiar sight flying over the Shoalhaven for over 36 years, but may not have been immediately recognisable wrapped… Read more »

Source: RAN, 09-Apr-14

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Maritime Helicopter Support Co breaks ground on US Navy MH-60R maintenance facilities

Maritime Helicopter Support Co breaks ground on US Navy MH-60R maintenance facilities

The Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo) — a Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin joint venture company — today broke ground to build the maintenance and warehouse facilities that will provide Through Life Support logistics services for the Royal Australian Navy’s new fleet of 24 MH-60R SEAHAWK®helicopters. Once completed in early 2015, the two buildings, totaling more than 11,400… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Mar-14

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Base for Australian MH-60R fleet progresses at full speed

Base for Australian MH-60R fleet progresses at full speed

The new $138 million MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopter capability facilities at HMAS Albatross are starting to take shape.  See full story

Source: South Coast Register, 11-Mar-14

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Third and Fourth Australian MH-60Rs Complete Production

Third and Fourth Australian MH-60Rs Complete Production

The third and fourth MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters take flight from the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) facility in Owego, N.Y., to join the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first pair of helicopters training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. On Jan. 24, the U.S. Navy officially delivered two Romeos to the RAN, marking a significant milestone for the international… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Feb-14

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Second Landing Helicopter Dock ship leaves shipyard for Australia

Second Landing Helicopter Dock ship leaves shipyard for Australia

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today announced the departure of the hull of the second and last of the Royal Australian Navy’s new amphibious ships from Vigo in northern Spain. Senator Johnston said the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) hull will be transported to Melbourne, Australia, by the Heavy Lift Ship Blue Marlin. The hull was built… Read more »

Source: Australian MoD, 20-Dec-13

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Raytheon awarded $42M sonar contract for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R fleet

Raytheon awarded $42M sonar contract for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R fleet

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, R.I., has been awarded a maximum $42,589,944 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacture and delivery of airborne low frequency sonar helicopter dipping sonar systems.  This contract is a sole source acquisition.  Location of performance is Rhode Island with a February 2017 performance completion date.  Using service is the Royal Australian Navy…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Dec-13

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Royal Australian Navy accepts first two MH-60Rs

Royal Australian Navy accepts first two MH-60Rs

The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Dec-13

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Exelis awarded $7M contract for MH-60R radar signal simulators

Exelis awarded $7M contract for MH-60R radar signal simulators

Exelis Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., is being awarded a $7,028,919 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 62 radar signal simulators in support of the MH-60R and S70-B aircraft for the U.S Navy (33), the Government of Australia (27), and the Government of Brazil (2) under the foreign military sales program. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Nov-13

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AAI to Provide Advanced Boresight Equipment for Australian MH-60R fleet

AAI to Provide Advanced Boresight Equipment for Australian MH-60R fleet

AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a $1.6 million award from the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Lakehurst, N.J., to provide ABE systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Deliveries are expected to take place throughout 2014. ABE… Read more »

Source: AAI, 07-Nov-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $10M order for VOR/ILS upgrades on Australian MH-60R

Lockheed Martin awarded $10M order for VOR/ILS upgrades on Australian MH-60R

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $10,458,900 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 4092 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for non-recurring engineering efforts for development and testing of the system configuration 15 series modifications to the MH-60R VHF Omni-directional Range/Instrument Landing System, crash data recorder, and ABS-B Out for the Government of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Nov-13

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DoD awards $170M contract for Australian MH-60R support

DoD awards $170M contract for Australian MH-60R support

Maritime Helicopter Support Co., Trevose, Pa., is being awarded a $170,449,998 modification against a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-4000) for the Through Life Support Phase II for the Royal Australian Navy MH-60 Romeo aircraft under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. This effort includes squadron administrative management of aircraft and support equipment inventory; data and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Sep-13

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Australia’s RMI2 program delivers Bell 429 weight increase

Australia’s RMI2 program delivers Bell 429 weight increase

The Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative 2 program (RMI 2) has received a significant capability enhancement for its Bell 429 platform with the aircraft now upgraded to allow operations at an internal gross weight of 7,500lbs.  see full story

Source: Defence Suppliers, 19-Jul-13

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Royal Australian Navy commissions 808 Sqn and NH90

Royal Australian Navy commissions 808 Sqn and NH90

A new helicopter to be used by both the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army has been inducted into the Australian Defence Force Fleet during a commissioning ceremony at HMAS Albatross, near Nowra, NSW. The ceremony also marked the formal induction of 808 Squadron to operate the new MRH 90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopter. This commissioning… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 11-Jul-13

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Australia’s first MH-60R takes to the air

Australia’s first MH-60R takes to the air

Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the first of 24 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters has successfully completed its first test flight. The initial test flight occurred at Sikorsky’s Production Facility, Connecticut USA on 26 June 2013. It passed a range of tests including controllability, engine performance, vibration analysis and navigation… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 03-Jul-13

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New Zealand buys the Seasprites Australia rejected

New Zealand buys the Seasprites Australia rejected

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that the New Zealand Cabinet has authorized the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) to enter into an approximately $120 million contract with Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) for the purchase of ten SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite aircraft, spare parts, a full mission flight simulator, and related logistics support. The MoD and… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 19-Apr-13

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CAE awarded Royal Australian Navy MH-60R contract

CAE awarded Royal Australian Navy MH-60R contract

CAE today announced it has won a series of military contracts during the final month of its fiscal year 2013 fourth quarter valued at approximately C$130 million, including options. They include contracts to provide an MH-60R avionics maintenance trainer and weapons load trainer for the Royal Australian Navy, a C-130J weapon systems trainer for the… Read more »

Source: CAE, 04-Apr-13

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Australia sells remaining Sea Kings

Australia sells remaining Sea Kings

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Navy’s remaining Sea King helicopters will be sold to Aerospace Logistics (ASL). The final flight of 817 Squadrons Sea King helicopters occurred on 15 December 2011. “Aerospace Logistics have over 30 years experience as an international specialist in the supply, refurbishment, exchange, maintenance, repair and… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 31-Jan-13

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Australia to scrap last five Sea Kings

Australia to scrap last five Sea Kings

Local press today reports that the Royal Australian Navy has confirmed it will sell the last five Sea Kings for scrap.  The five were officially retired in December 2011 and have been stored at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, south of Sydney, pending a decision on their future. Now it has been confirmed the five aircraft,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-13

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Australian Defence Minister names new MH-60R Squadron

Australian Defence Minister names new MH-60R Squadron

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that the name of the new training squadron to operate the Navy’s MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopters would be 725 Squadron. 725 Squadron will form as the operational training squadron, while 816 Squadron, which currently operates the S-70-B2 Seahawk, will transition to the MH-60R… Read more »

Source: Australian MoD, 17-Dec-12

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Royal Australian Navy orders two MH-60R simulators from CAE

Royal Australian Navy orders two MH-60R simulators from CAE

Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), CAE announced it has won a series of military contracts valued at more than C$70 million. They include a contract from the United States Navy to develop two MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Royal Australian Navy under a foreign military sale program,… Read more »

Source: CAE, 04-Dec-12

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Sikorsky Helitech Signs $120M Australian H-60 Maintenance Contract

Sikorsky Helitech Signs $120M Australian H-60 Maintenance Contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Australia Limited announced today the signing of a four-year agreement with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for ongoing logistics and engineering support for the Commonwealth of Australia’s fleet of BLACK HAWK (S-70A(TM)) and SEAHAWK® (S-70B(TM)) helicopters. Valued at more than $120 million, with six annual renewable options, the contract is a follow-on agreement… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-Jul-12

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Simmonds Precision Products awarded $9.5M for Australian MH60 systems

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $9.5M for Australian MH60 systems

Simmonds Precision Products, doing business as Goodrich Corp., Sensors and Integrated Systems, Vergennes, Vt., is being awarded a $9,568,407 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 120 various Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic System kits in support of the MH-60R/S helicopters for the Navy and the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program.  These kits include… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-12

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Royal Australian Navy puts Bell 429 into service

Royal Australian Navy puts Bell 429 into service

Raytheon Australia’s new Bell 429 helicopters have commenced activities with the Royal Australian Navy under the RAN’s Retention and Motivation Initiative 2 (RMI 2) Program. This milestone was marked by the achievement of the In Service Date for the RMI 2 Program. Operating since 2007, the Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI1) provided the Navy with… Read more »

Source: Raytheon Australia, 02-May-12

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Lockheed Martin awarded $126M contract for Australian MH-60R cockpits

Lockheed Martin awarded $126M contract for Australian MH-60R cockpits

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $126,512,656 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0020) to provide for the production and delivery of 24 mission avionics systems and common cockpits for the MH-60R for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. In addition, this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-12

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Ferra Engineering wins Au$6M contract for weapons pylons for Australian MH-60R

Ferra Engineering wins Au$6M contract for weapons pylons for Australian MH-60R

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today confirmed that Australian manufacturing company Ferra Engineering has been awarded a $6 million contract by Lockheed Martin to supply weapons pylons and mission kits for the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters. “This is a great example of an Australian manufacturing company winning work in the supply chain… Read more »

Source: Australian MoD, 19-Mar-12

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Becker digital audio selected for Royal Australian Navy Bell 429s

Becker digital audio selected for Royal Australian Navy Bell 429s

Becker Avionics announced today that its Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100, was selected for the Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI) program. The three (3) Bell 429s will be provided to the Royal Australian Navy’s through Raytheon Australia. The RMI program provides the Royal Australian Navy with supported aircraft to allow junior qualified… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 27-Feb-12

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Cirrus to supply Helicopter Control Officer simulation trainer

Cirrus to supply Helicopter Control Officer simulation trainer

Cirrus Managing Director Mr. Peter Freed has announced that Cirrus has delivered a Helicopter Control Officer Simulation Trainer (HCOTS) to helicopter specialists Prism Defence under a contract awarded in July 2011. The HCOTS is based on Cirrus’ Simulation Training Network and Sensor Simulation Engine (STN & SSE) technologies – these technologies have also provided the… Read more »

Source: Cirrus, 08-Feb-12

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Lockheed Martin awarded $103M delivery order for Australian MH-60R program

Lockheed Martin awarded $103M delivery order for Australian MH-60R program

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $103,500,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for mission avionics and common cockpit non-recurring engineering, program support, and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of 24 MH-60R helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy under the Foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-12

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Australian Sea Kings make their final flight

Australian Sea Kings make their final flight

Residents of Sydney, Canberra and the Shoalhaven had their last chance to see the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea King helicopters in the air today as they said farewell to the nation with a formation flypast. The formation launched from the Naval Air Station at HMAS Albatross in Nowra at 10:00am, proceeded north up the NSW… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 15-Dec-11

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Australia’s first two MH-60Rs pencilled for December 2013

Australia’s first two MH-60Rs pencilled for December 2013

The first two of 24 Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin MH-60R naval helicopters being acquired for the Royal Australian Navy under Air 9000 Phase 8 could be delivered as early as December 2013, according to Lockheed Martin (see full story)

Source: Australian Aviation, 27-Oct-11

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Kelvin Hughes develops innovative helicopter landing solution for Royal Australian Navy

Kelvin Hughes develops innovative helicopter landing solution for Royal Australian Navy

Kelvin Hughes has developed an innovative helicopter landing solution on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy. The dedicated short range helicopter control radar (SRHCR) has recently passed factory acceptance testing and will now be integrated into the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks being built by BAE Systems Australia and Navantia. It’s expected that the ships will… Read more »

Source: Kelvin Hughes, 12-Aug-11

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Quickstep to progress negotiations on its MOU with Sikorsky following Australian MH-60R choice

Quickstep to progress negotiations on its MOU with Sikorsky following Australian MH-60R choice

Quickstep is now set to progress negotiations on its MOU with Sikorsky, following the Australian Government’s recent award of the Air 9000 Phase 8 naval helicopter contract to team Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky. The award of the contract to Lockheed/Sikorsky was a key pre-condition for the MOU Quickstep signed with Sikorsky during the Avalon Airshow in March 2011, intended to… Read more »

Source: Quickstep, 28-Jun-11

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Australia selects MH-60R over NH90

Australia selects MH-60R over NH90

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy today announced the Commonwealth of Australia has selected the MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to fulfill the Australian Defence Force’s AIR 9000 Phase 8 requirement for a fleet of 24 new-generation, multi-role naval combat aircraft. The Commonwealth will acquire the helicopters with associated training and logistical support via the U.S. Government’s Foreign… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Jun-11

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Australian Sea King allocated to Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra

Australian Sea King allocated to Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare was at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra to announce that Sea King Shark 07 would be preserved at the Museum given the significant role the Sea King has played in Naval Aviation over the last 36 years. “The Sea King has served our nation well over the… Read more »

Source: Australian DoD, 13-Jun-11

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12-Jun-11 Westland Sea King Mk.50 Garden Island, Australia

Precautionary landing.   Aircraft shut down without further incident in accordance with standard emergency procedures.   No personnel were injured during the incident.  Being investigated by maintenance personnel from 817 Squadron.

12-Jun-11

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AgustaWestland, CAE and BAE Systems team to pursue Australia’s AIR 9000 Phase 7

AgustaWestland, CAE and BAE Systems team to pursue Australia’s AIR 9000 Phase 7

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, CAE, and BAE Systems today announced the formation of an industry team to pursue the AIR 9000 Phase 7 program in Australia. The AIR 9000 Phase 7 program, also called the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), is intended to provide a rotary wing training capability for the Australian Navy and Army… Read more »

Source: CAE, 01-Mar-11

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Australia plans transition to new Landing Helicopter Dock ships

Australia plans transition to new Landing Helicopter Dock ships

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that HMAS Manoora would be decommissioned and that Defence would develop a new comprehensive plan to transition to the new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Ships. HMAS Manoora: HMAS Manoora will be decommissioned on the advice of Chief of Navy.  The Manoora… Read more »

Source: Australian MoD, 03-Feb-11

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MH-60R favourite to win Australian Navy tender

MH-60R favourite to win Australian Navy tender

Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst Andrew Davies has suggested that the MH-60R is more likely to be chosen than the NH90.  Interestingly the Austrlian miltary already operate both types, so there is all to play for

15-Dec-10

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Royal Australian Navy receive first MRH90 at Nowra

Royal Australian Navy receive first MRH90 at Nowra

The first of the Navy’s new MRH 90 helicopters have arrived at the naval air station HMAS Albatross at Nowra ready to begin replacing the ageing Sea King fleet

Source: ABC, 21-Nov-10

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Eurocopter optimistic as RAN helicopter decision approaches

Eurocopter optimistic as RAN helicopter decision approaches

The European helicopter manufacturer is well into the delivery phase of 18 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters and 42 MRH90 helicopters for the Army. But the two imminent opportunities are Phases 7 and 8 of the ADF’s Project Air 9000.

Source: Aviation Business, 19-Oct-10

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Australia releases tender documents for naval combat helicopter

The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner today announced that the Defence Materiel Organisation has released project solicitation documents to the United States Navy and Australian Aerospace for the supply of a new naval combat helicopter under Defence Capability Plan project AIR 9000 Phase 8. Under this project, the Government will acquire sufficient helicopters to… Read more »

Source: Australian Government, 29-Apr-10

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Australian Government confirms naval tender is NH90 v MH-60R

Australian Government confirms naval tender is NH90 v MH-60R

The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, today announced that the Government has given first pass approval for a major project to provide the Australian Defence Force with a new naval combat helicopter. Project AIR 9000 Phase 8 is included in the Defence Capability Plan to provide naval warships with a new combat helicopter. Senator… Read more »

Source: Australian Government, 25-Feb-10

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