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Gerhard Heiming

For the Land 2097 Phase 4 project, the Australian Defence Force is seeking up to 16 air-transportable light helicopters to support special operations, specifically, deploying as many as four helicopters in one Boeing C-17 GLOBEMASTER III. Airbus intends to offer the successful H145M model through Team Nightjar, in order to meet the Australian Government’s demand for extensive participation of national companies and technology transfer.

The lightweight twin-engine H145M is a field-proven, affordable and low-risk option for Australia, optimised for operations in dense urban terrain and can be deployed quickly over long distances. The proven aircraft has been fielded in the armed forces in Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Serbia and Thailand. In particular, the H145M currently supports special operations of the German Armed Forces with an operational readiness of over 99% in addition to safety, superior performance and payload.

Team Nightjar, which could generate economic benefits of €150m in Australia and 170 local jobs, includes more than 20 Australian companies:

  • Cablex
  • Cyborg Dynamics
  • Deakin University
  • DEWC
  • ECLIPS
  • Ferra Engineering
  • Helicopter Logistics
  • Helimods
  • Kinetic Fighting
  • Kratos Australia
  • Microflite
  • PREDICT Australia
  • QinetiQ Australia
  • Saffron Helicopter Engines Australia
  • Seeing Machines
  • Sigma Bravo
  • Rusada
  • TAFE NSW
  • Tagai Management Consultants
  • Toll Helicopters
  • Sydney University of Technology
  • Varley Group
  • Varley Rafael Australia.