Australia: delivery of the first MRH90s

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The first two MRH90s were delivered to the Australian army in Brisbane on 18 December 2007.


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On 18 December 2007, the Australian armed forces took delivery of their first two MRH90s (1). A ceremony was held at Australian Aerospace, Eurocopter’s Australian subsidiary in Brisbane, to celebrate the occasion. It was attended by numerous federal and provincial government officials, local VIPs, representatives of the Australian armed forces, and industrial partners. In his speech, Eurocopter President and CEO Dr. Lutz Bertling stressed the excellent cooperation established several years ago between Eurocopter, its industrial partners and the Australian authorities – a precious asset that has enabled the company to deliver its first machines on schedule. In addition, on 30 November, the DGA (2) ordered 68 NH90s, including 12 firm orders for the TTH (3) version. The remaining 56 helicopters are expected to be firmly ordered in 2008 (22 units) and 2010 (34 units). These helicopters are destined for the French army.

(1) Australian version of the NH90
(2) Délégation pour l’Armement (French Armament Procurement Agency)
(3) Tactical Transport Helicopter


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From left to right: Major General Fraser, Greg Combet, Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, and Eurocopter President and CEO Dr. Lutz Bertling.


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Signing of the contract with the DGA for the supply of 68 NH90s, including 12 firm orders for the French army.


_AUTHOR: MONIQUE COLONGES