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Australia decides to expunge entire MRH90 helicopter fleet

3rd October 2023 - 00:08 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Two MRH90s of the Australian Army sit dormant at Townsville during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

Australia has decided to withdraw its MRH90 helicopter fleet, even though the aircraft had another 14 years of life left in them.

Australia has permanently grounded its MRH90 Taipan fleet and will ‘not return to flying operations before their planned withdrawal date of December 2024’, it was announced on 29 September.

This stems not just from the fatal accident in the Whitsundays during Exercise Talisman Sabre on 28 July, which claimed the lives of four aviators, but long-time Australian Defence Force (ADF) dissatisfaction with the NH90 platform.

On the same day as Australia’s announcement, NHIndustries issued a statement lamenting the decision: ‘With reference to the accident involving an Australian MRH90 on 28 July, NHIndustries has already informed operators that it has not identified any information

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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