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Team Nightjar joins the battle for Project Land 2097 Phase 4

14th July 2020 - 09:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The competition to provide a new rotary-wing fleet for Australian SOF will include a bid led by Airbus Helicopters.

Team Nightjar for Project Land 2097 Phase 4 also involves 20 Australian companies.

The consortium will offer 4t Airbus H145M multirole helicopters for the SOF requirement.

Team Nightjar comprises Cyborg Dynamics, Deakin University, DEWC, ECLIPS, Ferra Engineering, Helicopter Logistics, Helimods, Kinetic Fighting, Kratos Australia, Microflite, PREDICT Australia and QinetiQ Australia Cablex.

The remaining members are Rusada, Safran Helicopter Engines Australia, Seeing Machines, Sigma Bravo, TAFE NSW, Tagai Management Consultants,Toll Helicopters, University of Technology Sydney, Varley Group and Varley Rafael Australia.

Airbus Australia Pacific MD Andrew Mathewson claimed in a 10 July statement that the H145M ‘is an exemplar platform for light special operations and is a solid match for the special forces’ requirements’, but Team Nightjar faces stiff competition on Project Land 2097 Phase 4.

A Babcock-Bell team threw its hat into the ring in May, offering the Bell 429, and other contenders include Boeing (AH-6i), Leonardo (AW109 Trekker) and Northstar Aviation (407 Multirole Helicopter).

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