Eurocopter's NH90 Wins Australia's Air 9000 Program

Released on Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Tiger ARH
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The Australian Ministry for Defense has chosen Eurocopter's NH90 tactical transport helicopter to meet the requirements expressed under Air 9000 program. The NH90 version which will be provided to the Australian Army is called the MRH90.

The 12 MRH90 helicopter will be supplied in a configuration suited to the needs of the Australian Army. These helicopters will be employed to airlift Australian troops to the battlefield. The Australian decision follows the Sultanate of Oman selection of 20 NH90 helicopters.

By selecting the NH90 helicopter, the Australian government renews its intention of establishing a self-contained and permanent industrial pole of excellence dedicated to manufacturing helicopters. This aim was first unveiled with the selection of Eurocopter's Tiger ARH attack helicopter. Both helicopters will be manufactured and assembled locally in Australia by Australian Aerospace at its Brisbane Airport facilities.

Australia becomes the eleventh country to have chosen the NH90 helicopter, which until now has booked 357 firm orders NH90s and 86 options. The MRH90 is a multirole helicopter capable of carrying more troops and cargo, faster and further than helicopters of the same weight. The helicopter offers much lower operating and maintenance costs than other medium-size, twin-engine helicopters.

The MRH90 will be fully interoperable with NATO forces and might be configured in more ways than current helicopters. Composite airframe and fly-by-wire controls are standard features of the NH90 family of helicopters and will be provided to the MRH90 as well.


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