Under the agreement, BAE Systems Australia will act as the in-country support and training partner for the U.S. manufacturer. You don’t see any benefit in defending ourselves? Multiple vendors are readying bids for Australia’s Project LAND 4503 Armed Reconnaissance Capability program involving the acquisition of up to 29 attack helicopters. they will go with the Tiger. Comment: Factor in humans to make drones sound... RAAF’s No.1 Flying Training School used online learning... 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Army, Aviation, Defense, Editorial, France, Helicopter, History, Poland, Politics, USA In Profile: Poland’s Helicopter Problems. The Australian government started the … Meanwhile, Bell has extolled the virtues of its AH-1Z “Viper” helicopter as a potential replacement for the Australian Army’s Tiger ARH. In 2011 the ADF took delivery of 22 Eurocopter ‘Aussie Tiger’ armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARH). However, the company stopped short of confirming it had made a submission. Bell’s statement effectively confirmed the LAND 4503 project would be a race between three contenders – the AH-1Z, Boeing’s AH-64E Guardian Apache, and a significantly upgraded Tiger ARH offered by Airbus Helicopters. A Request for Information (RFI) was released to industry in July 2019 and the published project timetable calls for a Request For Tender (RFT) in the 2022 timeframe, with a preferred bidder selected in 2023. U.S. helicopter manufacturers Bell and Boeing are competing with Airbus for the supply of 29 new helicopters, with the former offering 29 AH-64E Apaches, which it says will be the latest U.S. Army production standard helicopter (Version 6), featuring the upgraded Northrop Grumman APG-78 fire control radar with enhanced maritime modes. Defence has issued a Request for Information (RfI) for a platform to replace the Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARH) under Land 4503. The US Army has a planned ongoing upgrade program which will see the AH-64E serve into the 2040s, and Boeing said Australia could stay in lockstep with that program to ensure it had the latest capabilities as they were rolled out across a larger fleet. (Defence). Apache for Australia, all our allies have the type it’s proven in the combat environment. Boeing Defense . Australia acquired the Tiger ARH under its previous Air 87 project, and the first units were delivered in December 2004. The Australian Army is planning to replace the current fleet of EC665 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARH) from the mid-2020s as identified in the 2016 Defence White Paper: "The government will replace the 22 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters with a new armed reconnaissance capability from the. Please let us not also forget that the Tiger was purchased to replace the Kiowa as a reconnaissance helicopter, we never had a requirement for an attack helicopter. why not build a attack helicopter in Australia, we are buying stuff that is manufactured oversea`s, then spending millions, even billions suiting the thing we just brought from the US, it would be easier making a vehicle in Australia for our military needs, different country`s have different military needs, we got ours, they got theirs, making something in Australia would be a very iconic thing. Australia has issued a request for information (RFI) for 29 airframes to replace the Australian Army existing Tiger attack helicopter. My money is on the Viper. The Tiger has had a poor reputation since entering service, has been criticized for being technically immature when purchased, and has suffered from high cost of ownership and poor availability rates. “The combat proven Bell AH-1Z Viper is the only marinised attack helicopter in the world that is specifically designed and built for expeditionary and maritime operations,” the Bell statement said. Australia has joined France, Germany and Spain in planning a mid-life upgrade (MLU) for the Tiger ARH (attack and reconnaissance helicopter) made by Airbus Helicopters. 24 will … “Boeing’s AH-64E Apache is known for its survivability, sustainability, interoperability and reconnaissance capability,” Terry Jamison from Boeing Global Sales and Marketing, Defense, Space and Security said, “As an Apache operator, Australia would join coalition countries, including the US and UK, and regional partners Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.”, Boeing Defence Australia vice president and managing director Darren Edwards added: “The benefits of Apache for Australia are more significant than continued platform upgrades. The Airbus Helicopters ARH Tiger might not have gotten much love from the Australian Army of late, but the attack helicopter was a very welcome sight at the weekend for a … The Australian Army is closely watching the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs and Land 4503 is seen by many as an interim capability. Airbus Australia Pacific is proposing the Australian Government scrap its replacement Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) competition and instead adopt the company’s unsolicited bid to upgrade the Australian Army’s current Tiger helicopters. The Australian government has issued a Request For Information (RFI) for 29 new gunships, seeking to replace the army’s fleet of Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopters. The government has brought the LAND 4503 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Replacement program forward and aims to acquire a proven and mature, off-the-shelf manned armed helicopter to deliver armed reconnaissance effects in the close and deep contested battlespace in support of the Australian … Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) is offering the Apache under a combined Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) mechanism. of Defense has released a request for information (RFI) for a replacement for its Tiger attack helicopters, reports the Australian Defence Magazine. My opinion is the Bell Viper appears to be the best fit to cover the needs of the RAN and Army. Following a great deal of remedial work across CASG, the Australian Army and industry, the helicopter is now performing well and is highly regarded. Also included in the bid are seven H145M armed light utility helicopters, which it says, together with a Tiger life-extension and upgrade program, will save the Commonwealth about three billion Australian dollars (US$2.1 billion) between now and 2040. Under the Land 4503 program, the first 12 new rotorcraft must achieve initial operating capability (IOC) by 2026. The new helicopters will serve as a replacement for the Australian Army’s current stock of 22 EC 665 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs). A United States Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter departing HMAS Adelaide during a multi-spot exercise in 2018. U.S. Marine Corps will be using them for a long time for many Pacific Ops to come. (Defence). Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The United States, United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, among others, have committed to buying the AH-64E. The government is on the cusp of spending $4.5 billion to buy 29 American-made Apache gunship helicopters – a deal which would cost hundreds … The Apache is a formidable weapons platform with proven form. Sick of all this defence spending on killing machines. The Tiger ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) is the Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) Tiger version ordered by the Australian Army to replace its OH-58 Kiowas and UH-1 … “To replace an armed reconnaissance capability right now and to spend three billion dollars more to buy a helicopter that will offer the same capability as Tiger, I think would be a waste of taxpayers' money,” explains Airbus Australia Pacific managing director Andrew Mathewson. The chief, “Josh”, flew 159 combat missions for the Marine Corps’ Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469. Zulu’s fly all the time…and stay flying. Watch the civilians in Canberra pick the tender that will cost the most and deliver least….. they have a record of spending our money on below par defence assets and will do it well into the future, yep…. Come on Boeing make it happen! The helicopter was singled out for criticism in the 2016 Defence White Paper, and in the same year, it was the subject of an unfavorable Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report. On Sept. 5, Darren Edwards, the managing director of Boeing Defence Australia, said the proposal includes 29 AH-64E Version 6 Apache helicopters, which is … “Marinisation is more than just corrosion protection against saltwater. All 22 helicopters remain in service and today serve with two reconnaissance squadrons with the 1st Aviation Regiment in Darwin. The AH-64E is the latest version of the AH-64D Longbow Apache, and features an enhanced combat system and the ability to be integrated with unmanned systems. The latter will include full integration with the Australian Army’s Elbit Battlefield Management System and Link 16 Tactical Data Link. The AH-1Z, “also includes semi-automatic blade folding for quick stowage either on board ship or for rapid C-17 deployment, rotor brakes, ease of maintenance, electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) hardening which provides safety against the ship’s powerful radars and other sensors from interfering with aircraft onboard weapons and systems”. Background. The Australia National Audit Office (ANAO) has issued a report that is highly critical of the army’s fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). It specified that 24 aircraft would be operational at a single location and five airframes will be assigned to training. Because the Apache is in the hangar a lot more that in the air. Since the adpotion of the Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters, the Polish Armed Forces have suffered from a chronic lack of modern attack and transport helicopters… We feel that by taking Tiger out to 2040 with these upgrades, we can actually bridge—in a low-risk and credible way—the gap until FARA could reasonably be expected to be delivered.”. Really? “Our objective is to exercise the Commonwealth’s Smart Buyer provisions, bring the decision forward, and perform modest, low-risk and relatively inexpensive life extensions to Tiger to take it out to 2040. Most of them also carry air-to-air weapons that can be fired at airborne threats. For decades, the AH-64 Apache has been … The seven H145Ms are in addition to the 16 helicopters Airbus is also proposing for the Australian Army’s Special Forces light support helicopter program, which is being run under Project Land 2097 Phase 4. The attack and reconnaissance Tiger helicopters, which cost about $1.5 billion and more than $800 million to sustain, are supposed to continue to operate into the 2020s. AN INTERNAL German army report has revealed serious deficiencies in the European-designed helicopter that will replace Australia's military helicopter fleet in a $4.2 billion deal. Boeing has put forward its AH-64E Apache in response to the Australian government’s Project LAND 4503 armed reconnaissance helicopter (ARH) replacement request for information (RFI). Zulu Cobra, lowest maintenance, lowest parts count, and longest lasting rotors available. The Tiger’s future seems sealed. Airbus Australia Pacific is proposing the Australian Government scrap its replacement Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) competition and instead adopt the … Boeing plans to deliver support services in-country and engage local suppliers to maximise Australian industry involvement for the ARH replacement program.”. Bell has teamed with BAE Systems Australia, in a partnership first announced at the Singapore Airshow in 2016, to offer its AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. It identifies 76 “capability deficiencies,” of which the Department of Defence (DoD) deems 60 to be “critical.” An Australian Army Tiger attack helicopter sits in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in central Queensland for an exercise last July. Since then, the project has had a troubled history: the ANAO released a fairly scathing report in 2016, and more recently the ANAO’s 2017–18 Major Projects Reporthighlighted some continuing problems. The Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter is an important combat capability for the Australian Army (Army).Its intended functions include: undertaking airmobile escort missions; and providing support to covering force, helicopter attack, and recovery missions. GEELONG, Australia — Airbus is expressing confidence in the future of its Tiger attack helicopter in Australian service, even as Canberra considers early replacement of the type. A small number are also used by the Army Aviation Training Centre (AAvnTC) at Oakey in Queensland. “The Commonwealth is seeking a mature, proven, armed reconnaissance helicopter and that’s exactly what they have with Tiger.”, https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2020-02-09/airbus-ups-ante-armed-reconnaissance-helicopter-competition, Copyright ©2020 The Convention News Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The company said the marinisation process also included the AH-1Z’s composite rotor blades and yoke style main rotor hubs which significantly outperformed legacy “strap-pack” type systems that were prone to corrosion and failure. Unlike unproven and costly add-ons, Bell’s marinisation begins at aircraft design and is built into the aircraft at point of manufacture to insure conformity to shipboard operations.”, The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a potential manned replacement for the Tiger. Should have selected the apache the first time. mid-2020s." At FOC, Army would be capable of generating 12 aircraft for deployment while maintaining a training system of five aircraft. Two Apaches from the United States Army’s 6th Cavalry Regiment during a joint exercise with Australian forces. Aussie’s will most certainly not be disappointed with the snake! The RfI specifies a timeline out to IOC in 2026 with 12 airframes and FOC in 2028 with 29 helicopters. “Australia would not only benefit from the AH-64’s mission capabilities, it would also enjoy its technological and strategic advantages against adversary aircraft; a global parts and supply network and a domestic training, support and sustainment team,” Boeing said. 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Steve i believe the British version of the AH64 was navalised as standard,so that being the case it could be done for ours too if that was a prime requirement. A file image of an AH-64D Apache, a contender for Project LAND 4503, at Exercise Talisman Saber 2019. Feature: Why crew resource management matters, Comment: 2020 was double-ended in disaster for airports, In pictures: Antonov An-12BK lands at Wellcamp. It is performing very well, our customer loves it, and we think it matches the RFI very closely,” Mathewson says. Operated by the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. Australian Army 1st Aviation Regiment Eurocopter Tiger Attack Helicopter. An Australian Army UH-1 Iroquois helicopter on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. 2011-current. (Defence). The proposed work will include a life-extension program to address obsolescence issues and an incremental capability upgrade that will add new sensors, avionics, and a communications system. Airbus will upgrade and support the Tigers through its local facility in Brisbane. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Content Policy. Boeing's AH-64E Apache has been regarded as the Army's premier attack helicopter. (Defence). In my previous article on the future of the Aussie Tiger helicopter, I suggested two possible paths for the Australian Army’s future armed reconnaissance helicopter (ARH) capability. Surely we cannot be thinking of buying Apache’s! Boeing said it a statement on August 30 2019 it had put forward its AH-64E Guardian Apache attack helicopter to replace the Australian Army’s fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger ARH. Project LAND 4503 sought a total of 29 airframes to replace the 22 Tigers. Though you can probably guarantee that they will pick the Tiger as someone will have a vested interest in a marginal seat. “The program saw the retirement of a simple analogue era helicopter with no weapon systems – perhaps akin to a 1970 Holden Kingswood – and its replacement by a digital attack reconnaissance helicopter with the ability to sense and destroy targets at 4,000 metres, with the complexity of a modern F1 racing car.” BELL 407GT: The GT model of the commercial Bell 407GX utility helicopter is being sold as a light attack, multi-role, multi-mission vehicle. The company also noted the Viper’s commonality with those helicopters operated by the US Marine Corps, some of which were based in Australia on regular rotations to the Northern Territory, as well as being permanently deployed to the wider region. RQ-7B Shadow 2000 UAV. The Smart Buyer mechanism was introduced in 2016 and enables the Australian Government to make rapid defense acquisition and sustainment decisions where an individual case merits it, rather than running a long and expensive competition. The 64-page report details a range of issues. Meanwhile, Bell has talked up up its AH-1Z “Viper” helicopter as a potential replacement for the Australian Army’s Tiger ARH. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is expected in 2026 with Final Operational Capability (FOC) following around 2028. Designed to “deliver armed reconnaissance efforts in close and deep contested battlespace”, the RFI called for an initial operational capability (IOC) of one squadron of 12 aircraft in 2026, and a fully operational capability (FOC) to follow in 2028. The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) Tiger is a four-bladed, twin-engined attack helicopter which first entered service in 2003. It says the figures are based on the Australian government’s cost projections for a replacement armed reconnaissance helicopter, being calculated under Project Land 4503, estimated to be around four billion Australian dollars (US$2.75 billion) out to 2040. What should defense budgets be spent on? In saying that, US President D. Trump will most likely apply a fair bit of pressure for the ADF to buy the Apache due to his close association with Boeing and also to assist their sales after the 737-MAX disaster that has cost them around $1 billion per month. However, the Airbus proposal is for the Australian Department of Defence to make an early decision and select the upgraded Tiger/H145M under the Commonwealth Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s "Smart Buyer" methodology. According to the RFI, the army will acquire a total of 29 “proven, mature and off-the-shelf” armed reconnaissance helicopters to replace its existing 29 Tiger helicopters. When you only have 24…You would think that you would want them combat ready and flying all the time. Ammunition from an ARH Tiger Helicopter is seen at Avalon Airport on March 01, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. Airbus Australia Pacific is proposing upgrades to the workhorse Tiger that will sustain the aircraft in Australia’s fleet through 2040. 1. Companies are readying bids for Australia’s Project LAND 4503 Armed Reconnaissance Capability programme for 29 attack helicopters.. Three contenders have made themselves known including Airbus Helicopters, Textron subsidiary Bell and Boeing.. Airbus Helicopters is marketing its Tiger Mk3 as the ‘Tiger platform beyond 2020’. “Tiger today is not the same platform reflected in the 2016 White Paper. Boeing is keen on Australia’s LAND 4503 requirement to replace the Australian Army’s Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, and Jamison was keen to talk up the Apache’s capabilities, highlighting the mast-mounted Lockheed Martin Longbow fire-control radar to detect, identify, and attack beyond-line-of-sight targets. Boeing is pitching local industrial workshare as it … Recent figures suggest a 92% successful mission completion rate, with cost per flight hour reduced by 30 percent since 2014. Bell says the single-engined machine is … Attack helicopters are purpose-built military aircraft that have the ability to decimate the enemy’s fighting capabilities by going after troop concentrations, armored vehicles, and even maritime vessels. Anything but the Tiger rubbish. The US Army will have retired them when ours are reaching midlife, the US Apache replacement (FARA) has a planned IOC of 2028, the same as what the ADF is proposing. The Australian Dept. Boeing said it a statement on August 30 2019 it had put forward its AH-64E Guardian Apache attack helicopter to replace the Australian Army’s fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger ARH. Oh boo hoo. It states that at IOC Army would be able to operationally deploy a troop of four aircraft. Although the company did not directly confirm it had responded to the LAND 4503 armed reconnaissance helicopter replacement RFI which closed on August 30, the company issued a statement listing the capability and performance attributes of the AH-1Z, which neatly align with those of the RFI. The decision to replace the Australian Army’s 22 Airbus ‘Aussie Tiger’ armed reconnaissance helicopters was first announced in the 2016 defence white paper and then re-announced in this year’s force structure plan. Hope you have a lot of time and money for maintenance! Apaches aren’t designed from the ground up to be operated off ships, like our LHDs. 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