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Old 5th Aug 2020, 10:11
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Aus Army AW139s

Just heard from a refueler that the Aussie Army has put out a tender for AW139s? Are they going to be armed?
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Old 5th Aug 2020, 13:41
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A "tender" for a single type from an OEM?
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Old 5th Aug 2020, 14:12
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I heard this as well. 3x machines. Not armed but just to currency fly the bored pilots while they decide of they want to get new aircraft instead of the NH90 fleet.
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Old 5th Aug 2020, 22:52
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Originally Posted by nowherespecial View Post
I heard this as well. 3x machines. Not armed but just to currency fly the bored pilots while they decide of they want to get new aircraft instead of the NH90 fleet.
Wow, A139's just to maintain currency instead of NH90?

And I thought the RNZAF was profligate in purchasing A109M for ab-initio training!
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The army used to have some EC135 at Darwin to maintain proficiency while waiting for the Tigers.

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Old 6th Aug 2020, 08:57
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Originally Posted by krypton_john View Post
Wow, A139's just to maintain currency instead of NH90?

And I thought the RNZAF was profligate in purchasing A109M for ab-initio training!
And it will certainly be handy to be typed and current on one of the most commonly used EMS/SAR and Offshore heli platforms in Oz when you retire.
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
The army used to have some EC135 at Darwin to maintain proficiency while waiting for the Tigers.
Were they not supplied in leui of penalty payments due to the overrun in the Tigers contract?
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Old 9th Aug 2020, 10:06
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AW139 Leased or purchased ? No info on ADF tender website and no info on review of MRH future withdrawal either. Bit of scaremongering going on??

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Old 9th Aug 2020, 21:26
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The precedent was set in 2007 when the Navy leased 3 A109's to give the new pilots something to fly while they waited their turn for conversion onto Seahawk etc.
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Old 10th Aug 2020, 05:17
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Numpty:

Yes
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Old 10th Aug 2020, 06:45
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If it's accurate... what a wonderful use of taxpayer funds when arguably a 109, 135 or even the IFR 119 would do the trick?

Could it actually be more about jobs for the boys on the taxpayer's ticket... again?

One hopes that there's a more sensible explanation or that it's actually rubbish.
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Instead of training their pilots to leave, why not get H145 and/or B429 to evaluate them for the “little bird” project, and create a cadre of trained guys for when the little birds are finally chosen?
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Old 13th Aug 2020, 08:42
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Careful w_ocker, that sounds like logic...
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Old 13th Aug 2020, 09:25
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Originally Posted by rrekn View Post
Just heard from a refueler that the Aussie Army has put out a tender for AW139s? Are they going to be armed?
Then again the RAAF uses them for SAR operated and flown by CHC....

http://www.adf-serials.com/AW139.htm

Be nice to see AW139 painted in Oz camouflage or will they have the civilian colors of the successful nodded but with Army titles only.

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Old 19th Aug 2020, 01:59
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Originally Posted by rrekn View Post
Just heard from a refueler that the Aussie Army has put out a tender for AW139s? Are they going to be armed?
any more Updates or links to this tender?

cheers
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Old 19th Aug 2020, 10:56
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Chopper, bid deadline is tomorrow. Anyone with idle 139s expected to bid. Contract to start in November.
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 06:12
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Bit more info out...https://adbr.com.au/army-seeking-interim-helicopter-capability/
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