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Special Report Issue 21 - Australian naval combat helicopters-the future

Friday, 27 February 2009

By: Australian Strategic Policy Institute

This Special Report reviews the current RAN helicopter fleet, including the annual flying hours and costs. It finds that Navy is doing a fair job at keeping the existing fleet in the air, although the flying hours don’t come cheaply. The loss of the eleven Seasprites means that the Seahawk fleet will have to continue to shoulder the combat tasks until a replacement can be procured. Defence plans designed to improve the reliability of the Seahawks until then seem to be well thought through. This paper is authored by Andrew Davies.
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