MRH90 failed engine investigation in Australia
Specialist personnel from the European engine manufacturer (Turbomeca and Rolls Royce have been brought to Australia to assist with the ongoing investigation into a technical incident with an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Multi Role Helicopter (MRH90) last month.
The helicopter suffered an engine failure in one of its two main engines on 20 April 2010, about 30 minutes north east of Adelaide. The helicopter returned to RAAF base Edinburgh without further incident or injuries to personnel.
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is also assisting with the forensic analysis of engine components with flying operations suspended while the cause of the engine failure remains under investigation.
The full impact of the engine failure on the project schedule is yet to be determined.
Of the 46 MRH90 helicopters ordered for the Australian Army and Navy, 11 have been accepted and are being used for training and testing.