July 29, 2014
Australian Audit Office Slams MRH90 Project
By Emma Kelly, Australia and Pacific Correspondent
The Australian Government ordered the MRH90 – an Australian variant of the NH90 assembled locally in Brisbane by Australian Aerospace – over the competing Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk in 2004 and 2006 under Project AIR 9000 Phases 2, 4 and 6. Phase 2 called for a squadron of 12 to provide extra mobility for forces on operations, while Phase 4 and 6 required 28 helicopters to replace the Army’s S-70A-9 Black Hawks and six MRH90s to replace RAN’s Sea Kings. The then Howard Government...