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Australia seeks new special operations helicopter

5th October 2018 - 22:20 GMT | by Gordon Arthur, Andrew White in London and Hong Kong


The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has initiated a program to procure a fleet of light attack military rotary-wing aircraft to support force components from across the Special Operations Command (SOCOMD). 

On 25th September 2018, the DoD’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) issued an RfI announcing its intention to acquire a “fleet of light helicopters to enhance the [Australian Defence Force] Special Operations Aviation Capability as advised in the 2016 Defence White Paper.”

According to the RfI, under Project Land 2097 Phase 4, the selected helicopter must comprise a commercial or military off-the-shelf solution that is already in operational

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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Andrew White


Andrew White

Andrew is a former editor of Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Andrew joined Shephard …

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