Army and RAN N52 Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+
|Under Project AIR
9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS),
15 EC135 T2+ helicopters were ordered for delivery from
In October 2014, the Department of Defence selected a Boeing/Thales team to deliver its HATS capability, which will provide instruction for army and navy aviation personnel using a new fleet of aircraft, plus flight simulators and a sea-going training vessel. A contract for the service was signed in November 2014.
Flying is due to begin in 2016 to support Contractor courseware development and initial instructor training. Helicopter ab initio student training should commence in early 2018 to achieve initial operating capability by the end of that year.
Once introduced, the contractor-provided EC135 T2+ fleet will replace Bell Kiowas operated by the Army, and the Navy's AS350 Squirrels.
The EC135 fleet will be delivered between 2016 and 2017 to be operated by the ADF Joint Helicopter School from HMAS Albatross, Nowra.
The first three aircraft to be delivered will be allotted VH registrations prior to being placed on the military register, with the balance of the airframes to road transported to Nowra an arrival into Australia for assembly and storage until a military Special Flying Permit is issued.
The author of this page is Brendan Cowan
Source: Defence Media Centre, www.defence.gov.au , http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/first-flight-for-new-australian-military-training-helicopter-408295/ , http://australianaviation.com.au/2015/01/first-hats-ec135-flies/ , Aero Australia Issue 46 April/June 2015, www.helis.com , http://www.rotorspot.nl/product/ec135.php ,
Emails: Gordon Birkett, John Varley, Stuart Harwood, Mark Diekmann, Ben Sampson
Updated 20 June 2016
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