“The signing yesterday with BAE Systems establishes the groundwork for what will be the premier provider of service and support for future customers of Bell Helicopter military rotorcraft in Australia,” said Lisa Atherton, executive vice president of Military Business for Bell Helicopter. “BAE Systems is an Australian aerospace leader with unmatched technical knowledge and expertise. This relationship aligns our interests and pursuits as we work together to pursue opportunities to strengthen and support the capability and posture of the Australian Defence Force.”
Under the teaming agreement, BAE Systems will play a significant role in providing support for Bell Helicopter AH-1Z Viper attack rotorcraft. This will include overseeing helicopter maintenance and sustainment, and supporting training for future customers.
“We are looking forward to working closely on opportunities with Bell Helicopter as its sustainment and support partner in Australia,” said Steve Drury, BAE Systems Australia Aerospace Director. “We are one of Australia’s leading, total aircraft sustainment providers, committed to maximising defence capability for least cost. We have been maintaining rotary wing aircraft for more than 20 years and this long-term strategic partnership with Bell Helicopter offers a superior end-to-end military rotorcraft solution.”
The AH-1Z Viper is the world’s most advanced attack helicopter. It shares 85% commonality of major components with Bell Helicopter’s UH-1Y Venom utility rotorcraft, enhancing deployability and maintainability, while reducing training requirements and the logistical footprint between the two platforms.