Modern armed forces are required to respond to a broad range of missions in different operating environments and to provide response options to governments. Military helicopters provide the battlefield and theatre mobility to rapidly respond to emerging situations on ground. The ability to safely perform the mission and protect the personnel and platform depends on equipping the helicopter with a suite of defensive equipment including self protection weapons. Effective weapon employment requires defensive weapon mounts optimised for mission requirements and compatible with other role equipment.
GVH Aerospace is part of the Airbus Group Australia Pacific’s industry team comprising sister company Nova Systems, to design, produce and equip the Australian Defence Force’s MRH-90 troop transport helicopters for special forces operations. GVH Aerospace designed and produced the multi-weapon gun mount, integrating seamlessly its EASA Part 21J Design Organisation Approval with Airbus’ Australian Defence Aviation Safety Regulation’s DASA Part 21J Design Organisation Approval, and using its Australian military production organisation approval to deliver the solution to Airbus.