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Australia weighs PPP vs traditional purchasing for new helo training fleet

31st July 2009 - 10:45 GMT | by in Canberra


Australia is still to make decisions on whether it uses traditional capital acquisition or public private partnership (PPP) methods to finance its planned Project Air 9000 phase 7 helicopter training system requirement.

The project, intended to replace the Australian Defence Force’s AS350BA Squirrel and Boeing Kiowa helicopters, has already received initial government approvals to proceed to a competitive source selection.

The new system is expected to achieve initial operational capability between June 2011 and June 2013.

Head of helicopter acquisition projects in the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation, MAJGEN Tony Fraser, says that a decision on acquisition method is expected in

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