Australia: Airbus Helicopters and Bell want to place their helicopters with the special forces

Two years ago, Australia issued a request for information with the main western helicopter manufacturers. As part of "Project Land 2097 Phase 4", the Australian armed forces plan to purchase at least sixteen "4 ton class" helicopters to support the country's special forces, both for anti-terrorist operations in Australia only for foreign operations.

While a call for tenders was initially scheduled for the end of 2019, candidates finally have until July 11, 2020 to submit their proposals. And, for the moment, only two manufacturers have announced their intention to compete in this very specific market: Bell and Airbus Helicopters. But other manufacturers may well be ambushing. For the moment, the main lines of the tender seem to smile at the H145M of Airbus Helicopters and the Bell 429, but leave enough room for new arrivals.

Babcock will present an offer built around the Bell 429. The aircraft has also been selected as the basis for the Hawker Pacific offer, and NorthStar Aviation could potentially be a candidate with the Bell 407.

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