Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes.
Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ at least 12 technical staff for 30 years or more.
“Establishing this repair and overhaul facility locally means less reliance on foreign support for our MRH Taipan helicopters, and the same for certain local civil helicopter operators,” said Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne.
The Federal Government is investing around $16m in the facility. The investment will be repaid through reduced MRH Taipan sustainment costs over the remaining life of the helicopter fleet. A similar amount is also being provided by Leonardo.
“This project is a true win-win situation for both Defence and local Defence Industry. It creates more Defence Industry jobs in Victoria and will lead to greater helicopter availability for operations,” Minister Pyne said.
Acquired in 2006, the fleet of 47 MRH Taipan helicopters, a dedicated variant of the NH90 for the Australian armed forces for both land and maritime operations, will next year commence replacing Black Hawk in the 6th Aviation Regiment in Sydney, where they will gradually take over the role of aviation support to counter terrorism. Establishing a local repair and overhaul facility will contribute to greater helicopter availability for this critical national security mission.
Leonardo, with the support of the UKs 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysias Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcatsare part of the French Navys five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne dArc, to the Middle East, Asia and South Pacific and are embarked on the helicopter assault ship FS Dixmude to provide a battlefield reconnaissance capability to the deployed forces
Leonardos new Mirach-40 (M-40) drone has been authorised for operational use by the Italian Directorate of Air Armaments and Airworthiness (DAAA), as the national Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA). The M-40 is now ready for operations under a 3-year target drone service contract from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which commenced in January 2018, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Leonardo today at the FIDAE exhibition in Chile announced a contract to provide a defensive aids suite (DAS) for the British Armys new fleet of Apache AH-64E helicopters. Under related contracts from the UK MOD and Boeing, Leonardo will integrate sensors and countermeasures to ensure that UK Apaches remain amongst the best protected attack helicopters in the world
Leonardo has delivered its first NH90 Maritime Italian Navy Tactical Transport helicopter during a ceremony held at Luni Naval Base. The delivery marks the first of ten scheduled for the Italian navy, which designated the aircraft as MH-90, the company announced today
Leonardo has unveiled the latest variant of ‘BriteCloud missile decoy family at the ongoing Electronic Warfare Europe 2018 conference. The BriteCloud 55-T is able to protect large military transport aircraft such as Leonardos C27-J and third party platforms including the C-130, KC-390 and A400M from radar-guided missiles, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Leonardo has been selected by Italian ENAV as its industrial partner for the development of an air traffic control system for unmanned aircraft and for the provision of related services. ENAV will set up a new company for the development of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Traffic Management (UTM) system and the provision of related services, including technical maintenance
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