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Macchi trainers for the RAN



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No. 33

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FOR PRESS

MACCHI TR AINERS FOR THE R.A.N,

(Joint statement by the Minister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson, and the Minister for the Navy, Mr. C.R. Kelly)

The fleet air arm of the Royal Australian Navy is to have 10 Macchi MB-326H jet trainers to replace its Vampire and Sea Venom aircraft, both of which have been in service with Navy since 1955.

The Government's decision as announced jointly in Canberra today (lily 9) by the Minister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson, and the Minister for the Navy, Mr. C.R. Kelly.

The Macchi two-seat trainers will be built under licence in Australia by the Comuionwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd, Fisherman's Bend, Victoria, as the prime contractor and Hawker de

Havilland Australia Pty Ltd as the major sub-contractor.

The estimated dost of the Navy purchase, includin; spares and

ancillaries, will be $7.6m. This will be an extension of the present production order of Macchis for the RAAF.

Senator Anderson said the R.A.N. order would provide a welcome addition to the work load of the Australian defence aircraft industry.

The Navy Macchis will be used for continuation jet training of R.A.N. pilots beyon d the training at present undertaken with the

RAAF.

They will also be used in conjunction with a variety of fleet training exercises. The 10 Navy Macchi trainers will be basted at the Naval Air Station, Nowra„

The Italian-designed Macchi is an all-through jet trainer powered by a Bristol Siddeley Viper II engine which gives it a cruising speed of about 500 rn.p.h. To date 51 have been delivered to the RAAF.

CANBERRA, July 9, 1969.