Australia Withdraws MRH-90 Taipan Helicopters from Service as Black Hawks Arrive

  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 10:43 AM, September 29, 2023
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Australia Withdraws MRH-90 Taipan Helicopters from Service as Black Hawks Arrive
MRH-90 Taipan

The Australian Defence Force’s MRH-90 Taipan helicopter fleet has been grounded ahead of their planned withdrawal date of December 2024.

Defence Minister Richard Marles said in a statement that today’s announcement did not suggest the outcome of the investigations into the tragic incident on July 28, when an MRH-90 Taipan crashed near Lindeman Island, Queensland, during Exercise Talisman Sabre, killing the four aircrew on board.

“The Government’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of our people. We continue to support the families of the four soldiers who lost their lives earlier this year, and the broader Defence community.”

He said that the Government was focused on the introduction into service of the new fleet of UH60M Black Hawks.

Australia Withdraws MRH-90 Taipan Helicopters from Service as Black Hawks Arrive
UH60M Black Hawk

The first three Black Hawks have arrived in Australia and commenced flying in September, with remaining Black Hawks continuing to be delivered.

“The first of the 40 Black Hawks that will replace the MRH-90 have arrived and are already flying in Australia. We are focused on seeing their introduction to service as quickly as possible.

The ADF will continue to operate its CH-47F Chinooks, Tigers and MH‑60R Seahawks to provide a ready aviation capability.

From 2025, the new AH-64E Apache helicopters will also be introduced into service for the Army.

Mr Marles said to help mitigate further impacts on Army’s operations and training, the Government was exploring options to accelerate the delivery of the Black Hawks and aircrew training.

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