An Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter lands to pick up passengers at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Hamel 2015 in July (Image © LSIS Helen Frank / HMAS Canberra / Commonwealth of Australia)

MRH-90 stars in newest Australian military force

The European-made NHIndustries NH90 is the star of the newest military capability of Australia, where the type dubbed MRH-90 Taipan, is a major part of the Amphibious Ready Element (ARE). The expeditionary unit is now prepping for an important series of exercises lasting several months and that will give the ARE operational readiness status by October this year.

Computer generated cut-out of helicopters boarded on the HMAS Canberra (Image © Commonwealth of Australia)
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This week crews and support personnel of the Royal Australian Army’s 16th Aviation Brigade were prepping their MRH-90s together with the 2nd Battalion and the Royal Australian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier (landing helicopter dock) HMAS Canberra. Location of the operations: the waters off the North Queensland coast.

The Amphibious Ready Element includes a force of 900 Australian Defence Force and other Government personnel, supported by four MRH-90 helicopters embarked on the Canberra. The Sea Series of exercises will will enable the amphibious force to achieve an interim operational status, meaning limited combat and full humanitarian disaster response capability.

The main goal of the current exercises is to have all units and personnel combined learn how to operate as one force, with focussing on putting ground forces on a beach with both the MRH-90s as well as landing craft and to control a larger area beachhead.

Source: Royal Australian Air Force with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): An Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter lands to pick up passengers at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Hamel 2015 in July (Image © LSIS Helen Frank / HMAS Canberra / Commonwealth of Australia)

A MRH-90 Taipan helicopter as it takes off during First of Class Trials onboard HMAS Canberra in March 2015 (Image © LSIS Helen Frank / HMAS Canberra / Commonwealth of Australia)
A MRH-90 Taipan helicopter as it takes off during First of Class Trials onboard HMAS Canberra in March 2015 (Image © LSIS Helen Frank / HMAS Canberra / Commonwealth of Australia)
An Australian Army MRH-90 Taipan with Navy marking on the boom flies over Shoalwater Bay training area, near Rockhampton, Queensland, with troops from 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, onboard during Exercise Blue Dog 2. in May 2015. (Image © CPL Jake Sims / 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit / Commonwealth of Australia)
An Australian MRH-90 Taipan with Navy marking on the boom flies over Shoalwater Bay training area, near Rockhampton, Queensland, with troops from 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, onboard during Exercise Blue Dog 2. in May 2015. (Image © CPL Jake Sims / 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit / Commonwealth of Australia)