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Chip Shortage Hampers Aust Navy Helicopters

Submarine contract issues are not the only problem dogging the Australian Defence Force.

The ADF has extended the grounding of its fleet of 47 MRH-90 Taipan multirole helicopters because of supply chain problems relating to maintenance and safety issues.

The grounding began in May and normal operations seem likely to continue for some time according to Janes Defence Weekly.

The Department of Defence in Canberra said in a 16 June statement that MRH-90 flying operations have been temporarily suspended as a safety precaution.

The DoD blamed issues relating to the application of the helicopter’s maintenance policy in the helicopter’s IT support system.

A parliamentary committee was recently told the MRH-90 airframe had a complex maintenance regime which was being hampered by supply and repair chain issues.

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