Saturday, May 29, 2010

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Addresses MRH90 Problems

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) continues to face significant issues getting the MRH90 multirole helicopter into service but defence chiefs remain confident of the capabilities of the aircraft.At the Shephard Heli-Pacific conference on Australia’s Gold Coast on 27 May, the problems the ADF has experienced with the aircraft were laid bare, with capability managers outlining the steps they are now taking to resolve the issues.The MRH90 programme has come under fresh scrutiny after revelations the fleet has been grounded indefinitely following a ‘catastrophic’ engine failure to one aircraft on 20 April.Commander Tim Leonard, co-ordinator of the MRH90 Introduction into Service Task Group, said a range of issues continued to dog the programme.

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