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Australia eyes 2014-2016 IOC for Seahawk replacements

1st July 2009 - 10:00 GMT | by in Adelaide


Australia wants to achieve an initial operating capability with its replacement naval tactical helicopter between 2014 and 2016, but the project may not receive initial government funding approvals until as late as mid 2011 according to the country’s newly released defence capability plan (DCP).

The new DCP, issued 1 July, says first pass approval for 24 new naval helicopters is scheduled to occur between mid 2009 and mid 2011. That contrasts with advice issued 13 May as part of the latest Australian defence budget which stated the first pass approval would occur during the current calendar year.

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