MRH-90 Taipan. Photo courtesy of Leonardo
Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne. The facility will be capable of servicing the nation’s MRH-90 Taipan helicopters, foreign NH90s and certain civil helicopter main gearboxes. The facility will commence operation in mid-2020 and will employ at least 12 technical staff for at least 30 more years.
The Australian government is investing $16 million in the facility. Leonardo will be investing a similar amount, according to a Leonardo press release.
Australia’s fleet of 47 Taipans will begin replacing Black Hawks in the 6th Aviation Regiment in Sydney next year. They will gradually take over the role of aviation support to counter terrorism. Establishing a local repair and overhaul facility will contribute to greater helicopter availability for the national security mission.