A new engine for the CH-47 Chinook will significantly increase the capabilities of the helicopter, allowing it to meet future operational needs head on.
Avalon 2017: NorthStar offers Australia an alternative
NorthStar Aviation is offering the Australian Defence Force (ADF) an alternative solution to meet its requirement for a deployable light attack and reconnaissance helicopter for special forces use. This was evident from its display of an operational 407MRH helicopter at the Avalon Air Show near Melbourne.
Australia's White Paper released last year specified the need for such a helicopter, and David Williams, a NorthStar Aviation design engineer, believes its 407MRH, based on a commercial Bell 407GXP airframe, is a realistic contender.
The ADF listed this rotary-winged programme for a 2025-28 timeframe with a budget of AU$2-3 billion (US$1.5-2.3 billion).
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