‘Multi-role’ helicopters considered by defence committee

May 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

by ePolitix

ePolitix.com reports on Tuesday’s defence committee meeting, in which MPs heard how ‘multi-role’ helicopters could reduce current logistic problems.

The development of a “multi-role” helicopter would reduce complicated logistical procedures involved in operating a variety of aircraft, MPs were told today.

During a defence committee hearing on helicopter capability, Alex Sharp, of Sikorsky Aircraft said that the multirole aircraft had already proved their worth with other armed forces.

Sharp pointed to the decision by the US Navy to replace various aircraft on their carriers with the multi-role F/A 18.

He said that this enabled the Americans to “attack” their logistical problems.

Eurocopter executive vice-president Derek Sharples told the committee that it was a “great challenge” to manage the supply chain of parts for such a diverse fleet of aircraft in remote locations.

“We have in the region of €500m of inventory around the world.

“One of the core competencies necessary to manage the supply chain is ability anticipate what will be needed.

“This is not simple,” he explained.

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This article was kindly supplied by ePolitix.com, a division of Dods. It provides up-to-the-minute parliamentary news – focusing on events in Westminster.



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