Airbus targets special ops helicopter project

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The MRH90 — destined for use by Special Forces

Airbus has delivered the first two of 12 MRH90 helicopters equipped for specific operations to rsquo & the Australian Army;s 6th Aviation Regiment, and is looking to expand its support.

The remaining MRH90 helicopters are expected to be received by Army to replace the Black Hawk under a schedule that’s a high priority for the firm by the second quarter of next year, said Andrew Mathewson director at Australia Pacific of Airbus.

On its website, Airbus claims that the MRH90 is weather radar helicopter using a back ramp, a fly-by-wire structure and forward-looking infra-red.

Being a machine that is true, the MRH90 can tackle special operations, search and rescue, troop transportation and assignments.

Airbus says it’s capable of transporting two pilots, two loadmasters and 18 combat troops around 900km at rates of up to 300km/h (160kts).

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Airbus is also pitching the H145M

Airbus is currently supplying the H145M battlefield support helicopter for the LAND 2097 Phase 4 Operations Rotary Wing Capability project which will deliver a deployable helicopter capability.

Mathewson assumed the role of managing director in early January.

“rsquo & I;m impressed with all the company, and also the opportunities that sit away from the helicopter kingdom, especially in the areas of commercial and space aircraft. ”