25 November 2009
MRH-90 of the ADF (photo : DefenceGovAu)
Two of the 46 aircraft Eurocopter-Australian Aerospace MRH-90 helicopters ordered by Australia will be manufactured in Germany to cut delivery delays.
The company proposed using the German facilities after delays at the Australian Aerospace Brisbane facility resulted in four aircraft being delayed to the end of 2011, a six-month delay over the originally scheduled date.
According to Australia's latest defence annual report, two aircraft will be assembled in Germany and delivered to Australia to recover scheduled delays in the Australian assembly line. The remaining 40 MRH-90 will be assembled at the Australian Aerospace Brisbane facility.
By 31 August 2009, seven MRH-90 helicopters have been delivered, and are already in operational service with the Australian Army 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville. A total of nine MRH-90 are expected to be delivered by the end of June 2010.
The MRH90 helicopters are the Australian variants of NH-90 which is a medium sized, twin-engine, multirole military helicopter.
Of the 46 ordered Eurocopter-Australian Aerospace aircraft, 40 are meant for the Australian Army and the rest for Australian Navy.