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The Australian Armed Forces are looking for up to 16 air-loaded light helicopters to support their special operations. Up to four helicopters can be installed with a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III for strategic transports.

Airbus plans to offer its H145M for the required, quickly deployable multi-purpose helicopter of the four-ton class. To this end, the European aircraft manufacturer founded the Nightjar team, in which over twenty Australian companies work together that can contribute to the construction and operation of helicopters. In this way, the Australian government's call for comprehensive participation of national companies and for a technology transfer is to be met. According to the company in Australia, the team could achieve an economic benefit of 150 million euros and create 170 local jobs.

Due to its compact size, the helicopter is optimized for use in dense urban areas and can be quickly installed over long distances. The aircraft is introduced to the armed forces in Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Serbia and Thailand. In particular, the H145M today supports special operations by the Bundeswehr with - according to the manufacturer - operational readiness of over 99 percent.

 

Team Nightjar

H145M im Angebot für Australien
H145M im Angebot für Australien

(named after the night swallow found in Australia)

Cablex, Cyborg Dynamics, the University of Deakin, 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