Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence to establish local helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility

Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne, capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes.

Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ at least 12 technical staff for 30 years or more.

The Federal Government is investing around AU$16m in the facility. The investment will be repaid through reduced MRH Taipan sustainment costs over the remaining life of the helicopter fleet. A similar amount is also being provided by Leonardo.

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