Bell and BAE Systems confirm Land 4503 teaming
The two companies are proposing to supply 29 AH-1Zs in response to the Request For Information (RFI), released to industry on July 10. Under the teaming agreement, which was signed at the Singapore Air Show in February 2016, BAE Systems Australia will be responsible for helicopter maintenance, sustainment and training.
The agreement was initially aimed at offering the Viper as an alternative to the proposed Tiger Capability Assurance Capability (CAP) program, being planned under Land 9000 Phase 3 but, as ADM has reported before (Who is killing Tiger?), this has now been overtaken by the Land 4503 Tiger replacement program.
The two companies will establish a local hub at a yet to be decided location to support Viper in Australia
Speaking to ADM on September 4, Bells Global Military Business Manager for the Asia Pacific region, Javier Ball, said the two companies will establish a local hub at a yet to be decided location to support Viper in Australia and potentially the wider region.
Weve teamed up with BAE Systems to manage Australian Industry Content (AIC), they are our in-country sustainment, maintenance and training partner. As Foreign Military Sales (FMS) continue it makes more economic sense to centralise maintenance and support facilities in the region, he said. I think theres a higher potential for other partners in the region to bring their aircraft down here.
Ball says Bell is also looking to leverage parent Textrons footprint in Australia, together with that of its Be....