Romeo support to Australian company

Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Sunshine Coast

Topic(s): MH-60R Seahawk

HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R helicopter completes a live firing exercise with the mounted 12.7mm machine gun in the Western Australia Exercise Area during HMAS Perth's Mission Readiness Evaluation. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R helicopter completes a live firing exercise with the mounted 12.7mm machine gun in the Western Australia Exercise Area during HMAS Perth's Mission Readiness Evaluation.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne reinforced that an innovative Australian industry was a “core element of defence capability” at a forum at the Sunshine Coast on 17 May.
 
More than 150 local businesses learned about defence industry engagement with small and medium-sized enterprises.
 
During the forum at Sippy Downs, Mr Pyne congratulated south-east Queensland company Helimods on being awarded a $154,000 contract to manufacture 14 aircraft cabin wet decks for Navy’s MH60R Seahawk helicopters.
 
Mr Pyne said the family-owned company employed 25 full-time workers and specialised in modifying new and modern helicopters.
 
“The wet deck is required to reduce the aircraft cabin floor’s exposure to salt water and surface wear caused by search-and-rescue operations and equipment,” Mr Pyne said.
 
“Helimods has also developed and installed equipment in Emergency Service helicopters around Australia and has exported its products to North America and South-East Asia.
 
“We are investing now to nurture Australia’s defence industry as part of our long-term strategy,” he said.
 
For more information about the Seahawk Romeo and its role in the Royal Australian Navy visit http://www.navy.gov.au/aircraft/mh-60r-seahawk