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Old 5th Aug 2020, 01:24
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Old 8th Aug 2020, 12:56
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Hadn't been on in awhile and surprised the news wasn't on here, "The Royal Australian Navyís 808SQN based at HMAS Albatross near Nowra will soon replace its Airbus MRH 90 helicopters with a new utility helicopter." ,
Looks like either more MH-60R's with quick fit interiors or MH-60S's.
MRH's will be transferred to the Army, But Army is looking at possible MRH replacement instead of midlife upgrade.
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Old 10th Aug 2020, 14:43
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  • Defence ministry cuts helicopter flights in half over costs
Sunday, 28 June 2020

The NH-90 TTH used by the Belgian services. © AirbusThe defence ministry has ordered the number of flights by four transport helicopters to be cut in half because the aircraft are too expensive to maintain, the VRT reports.

The four NH-90 helicopters in the TTH or tactical troop helicopter version were bought by the government five years ago for Ä30 million each. The helicopter is approved by NATO, and constructed by the NHIndustries partnership made up of Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopters and Fokker Aerostructures.
However the defence ministry under Philippe Goffin (MR) has found that one hour of flight of the NH-90 costs no less than Ä12,000. And the aircraft break down so often the services do not have enough personnel to keep them flight-worthy.The hourly cost is more than double the Ä5,000 an hour it cost to run the NH-90ís predecessor, the Sea King. Belgiumís last three Sea Kings were decommissioned in 2019 after 40 years of service.

The ministry has now decided to cut the number of hours the helicopters are in the air from the previous target of 1,000 hours to 600. It will also commission a study to look at what might be done with the helicopters to obtain the optimum value for the cost. One option, the VRT reports, would be to get rid of them altogether.

The cut in hours does not, however, affect the four NH-90s in service with the navy, which are an adapted version of the transport aircraft. Those helicopters are used for air-sea rescue operations from the base at Koksijde, and will continue to operate as before.
The problems with the NH-90s are not new. In 2018 three of the four air-sea rescue craft had to be returned to NHIndustries for repairs to the radar systems, leaving only one in service. When that one also had to be grounded for servicing, Belgiumís neighbours temporarily had to step in to ensure a rescue service in Belgian waters.Alan Hope

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Old 12th Oct 2020, 10:24
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France signs up for NH90 TTH Special Forces and Spanish AIr Force receives First

Cannot be all that bad ...As it happens France have signed up for NH90TTh Special Forces to be delivered in 2025 timeline...

Anyhow I know itís been in country and flying around for. While but officially Spanish Air Force have taken delivery of itís First NH90 replacing the AS332M Super Puma at Cuatro Vientos.



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