Chopper fail is a sad but familiar story

THE decision to replace the utility helicopter Australia should never have acquired with the latest generation of the one we should have is to be welcomed. It does little credit to those who recommended and those who originally agreed to the MRH-90 Taipan acquisition.

The recent decision to retire the entire MH-90 fleet early is also correct, though it is a damning indictment of Defence’s materiel acquisition organisation and process. Defence bought the 40 MRH-90 Taipan fleet at a cost of $3b to complement and then replace the Australian Army Black Hawks and RAN Sea Hawke helicopters.

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