Australien — New naval combat helicopter tender release

The Min­is­ter for Defence, Sen­a­tor John Faulkn­er today announced that the Defence Materiel Organ­i­sa­tion has released project solic­i­ta­tion doc­u­ments to the Unit­ed States Navy and Aus­tralian Aero­space for the sup­ply of a new naval com­bat heli­copter under Defence Capa­bil­i­ty Plan project AIR 9000 Phase 8.

Under this project, the Gov­ern­ment will acquire suf­fi­cient heli­copters to pro­vide at least eight heli­copters con­cur­rent­ly embarked on ships at sea, which under the White Paper requires a fleet of 24 helicopters. 

Sen­a­tor Faulkn­er said that “The new naval com­bat heli­copter will enhance the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy’s abil­i­ty to con­duct a range of mar­itime com­bat and oth­er oper­a­tions, includ­ing anti-sub­ma­rine and sur­face warfare.” 

As announced by the Gov­ern­ment in Feb­ru­ary 2010, the new heli­copter will be either the Siko­rsky-Lock­heed Mar­tin built MH-60R sourced through the Unit­ed States Navy, or the NATO Heli­copter Indus­tries NH90 NFH sourced through Aus­tralian Aerospace. 

“The com­pe­ti­tion to select a new heli­copter has com­menced on sched­ule ahead of a final deci­sion about the new heli­copter in 2011” Sen­a­tor Faulkn­er said. “The release of ten­der doc­u­ments now is in line with the sched­ule deter­mined by the Gov­ern­ment when it con­sid­ered the project for First Pass Approval in Feb­ru­ary of this year.” 

The Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel and Sci­ence, Greg Com­bet, said “This marks the tran­si­tion of Project AIR 9000 Phase 8 to a for­mal com­pet­i­tive solic­i­ta­tion phase.” 

“A com­pet­i­tive process is con­sis­tent with the Kin­naird and Mor­timer pro­cure­ment reforms,” Mr Com­bet said. “It will allow the com­pa­nies to offer inno­v­a­tive solu­tions that sat­is­fy the capa­bil­i­ty, cost and sched­ule require­ments and detail what oppor­tu­ni­ties they will offer local industry.” 

Sen­a­tor Faulkn­er said that any deci­sion Gov­ern­ment makes in 2011 will take into account all rel­e­vant con­sid­er­a­tions includ­ing capa­bil­i­ty, cost, inter­op­er­abil­i­ty with oth­er ADF capa­bil­i­ties, Aus­tralian indus­try oppor­tu­ni­ties, risk and val­ue for money. 

Aus­tralian Min­istry of Defence
Media Con­tacts
Col­in Camp­bell (John Faulkn­er): 02 6277 7800 or 0407 787 181
Rod Hilton (Greg Com­bet) 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619
Defence Media Liai­son: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →