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The Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) Program is a key component of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Helicopter Strategic Master Plan that seeks to rationalise the number of helicopter types in ADF service.

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Multi Role Helicopter

The Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) Program is a key component of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Helicopter Strategic Master Plan that seeks to rationalise the number of helicopter types in ADF service. The MRH Program consists of three phases of AIR 9000.

Phase 2 (12 helicopters) is the acquisition of an additional Squadron of troop lift aircraft for the Australian Army, Phase 4 (28 helicopters) will replace Army’s Black Hawk helicopters in the Air Mobile and Special Operations roles, and Phase 6 (6 helicopters) will replace Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sea King helicopters in the Maritime Support Helicopter role. All three phases are grouped under the AIR 9000 MRH Program.

Deliverable Original Planned Achieved / Forecast Notes
Project Year of Commencement Aug 2004
Initial Materiel Release (IMR) Navy/Army Jul 2010 May 2013 The MRH90 program stopped accepting aircraft in November 2010 due to a number of technical and reliability issues. This has impacted the achievement of capability milestones. The Commonwealth recommenced accepting aircraft in November 2011 after negotiating a remediation plan to address a number of engineering and reliability issues; however acceptance of aircraft was again suspended in February 2012 pending resolution of another technical concern related to the aircraft’s cargo hook. In May 2012 the Commonwealth agreed to accept a further four aircraft based on Australian Aerospace's agreement to the commercial terms associated with the rectification of the cargo hook issue. Scheduled aircraft acceptance recommenced in June 2012 with the most recent aircraft (#29) being accepted in June 2014. IMR was declared on 13 May 2013, based on 6 Product Baseline 3 aircraft.
Initial Operational Capability (IOC) Jul2010 Apr 2011 Sep 2014 Sep 2014 Affected by delays to IMR.
Affected by delays to IMR.
Final Materiel Release (FMR) Navy/Army Oct 2014 Dec 2017 Dates directly impacted by delay to IMR.
Final Operational Capability (FOC) Navy Final Operational Capability (FOC) Army Dec 2014 Jul 2014 Jul 2019 FOC is now only forecast as a single date. The last capability subset is to be realised by Army. Dates directly impacted by delay to IMR.

Content is current as at December 2014.

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