14 August 2017

News Story: Aussie attack helicopters declared unsafe by manufacturer

Australian Army Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH)
CANBERRA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Australian government said on Sunday that it would "actively monitor" a situation involving its 22 Tiger attack helicopters, after the maker Airbus Helicopters declared all variants to be in unsafe condition.

After a German version of the attack helicopter crashed when its blades fell off the chassis in Mali last month, the manufacturer released a statement saying that safety was its main concern, and that as a result, the helicopters were not suitable for flying.

On Sunday, a defence department spokesperson said while Australia's fleet was still operational, the issue would be discussed in the Parliament in "due course."

News Corp newspapers quoted the spokesperson as saying that the government was "actively monitoring sustainment contract of the Tiger helicopter capability to ensure it achieves value for money."

Read the full story at Xinhua