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Die australischen Streitkräfte suchen bis zu 16 luftverladbare leichte Hubschrauber zur Unterstützung ihrer Sondereinsätze. Für strategische Transporte sollen bis zu vier Hubschrauber mit einer Boeing C-17 Globemaster III verlegt werden können.

Airbus intends to offer its H145M for the rapidly deployable four-ton class multi-purpose helicopter that is required. To this end, the European aircraft manufacturer founded Team Nightjar, which brings together more than twenty Australian companies that can contribute to the construction and operation of helicopters. This is how the Australian government's demand for comprehensive participation by national companies and for a technology transfer is to be implemented. According to the company, the team could achieve an economic benefit of 150 million euros in Australia and create 170 local jobs.

Due to its compact size, the helicopter is optimized for operations in dense urban areas and can be quickly deployed over long distances. The aircraft is introduced to the armed forces of Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Serbia and Thailand. In particular, the H145M now supports special operations of the German Armed Forces with an operational readiness of over 99 percent, according to the manufacturer.


Team Nightjar

(named after the nightjar found in Australia)

Cablex, Cyborg Dynamics, Deakin University, DEWC, ECLIPS, Ferra Engineering, Helicopter Logistics, Helimods, Kinetic Fighting, Kratos Australia, Microflite, PREDICT Australia, QinetiQ Australia, Safran Helicopter Engines Australia, Seeing Machines, Sigma Bravo, Rusada, TAFE NSW , Tagai Management Consultants, Toll Helicopters, Sydney University of Technology, Varley Group and Varley Rafael Australia.

Gerhard Heiming