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Navy helicopter project team to visit manufacturers

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A four-man electronic systems engineering team

evaluating a short list of helicopters for use by the RAN

will leave Australia tomorrow (October 16) for a three ■

week visit to the contending manufacturers. *

The Minister for Defence, Mr Ian Sinclair, today

said the team would review progress of electronic systems

designs at Sikorsky in the United States, Westland in the

United Kingdom, and Aerospatiale in France.

Mr Sinclair recalled that in July this year .

he had announced the short list of helicopters to be

evaluated for use on the new guided missile frigates, and

as Fleet utility aircraft. Subsequently the three

manufacturers had accepted contracts to define and cost

suitable weapon and sensor systems for their respective

aircraft. ·

. He said the team, in reviewing progress of the

electronic systems design, would be taking particular note

of the potential of the systems to provide for future role

changes by the subsequent addition of sensor equipment.

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Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600


The team, led by the Navy Helicopter Project

Director, Captain Tony Hunt, would comprise Lieutenant

Commander D.J.. Moorhouse, a systems specialist from Canberra;

Mr Tony Gibb, a digital engineer from the Advanced

Engineering Laboratory at Salisbury; and Mr John Robinson,

a computer software engineer from Canberra.

Following the visit, the weapon and sensor

specifications developed by the contenders would be

assessed in the·Department of Defence. These specifications

would form the basis on which, early next year, the companies

would be invited to tender for the supply of helicopters.

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Ministerial Mr Geoffrey Hole 02 241 1651

■ - 062 72 7576

Departmental Mr Noel Tanswell . 062 65 2688 (Direct)

062 65 2999 (S/Board) 062 48 0476 (A/Hours)