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Australian Army receives first leased AW139

18th May 2021 - 02:31 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Australian Army will lease three AW139 helicopters from Helicorp. (ADF)

The Australian Army is leasing Leonardo helicopters in order to cover a capability shortfall from the MRH90 fleet.

The Australian Army launched into uncharted waters with the arrival of its first leased helicopter – a Leonardo AW139 – on the last day of April.

The army will lease three AW139s from Helicorp, which is trading as Toll Helicopters, under Plan Corella, a programme also known formally as the Army Interim Commercial Helicopter.

The trio of AW139s will be operated by 5 Aviation Regiment from Hamel Lines at RAAF Base Townsville.

Col Hayden Archibald, Director Aviation Capability Management, Headquarters Forces Command, stated, ‘Leasing a helicopter capability is a novel concept for us in Army Aviation. This presents a unique …

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