Men's Shed open day

The Jindabyne Aero Club, the Snowy River Men's Shed and the Royal Australian Navy are inviting members of the community to view the new Royal Australian Navy helicopter, the MRH90 Taipan, which will be visiting the Jindabyne Randal Community Aerodrome next Thursday at noon.

Also open on the day will be the Snowy River Men's Shed and the Jindabyne Aero Club. Members will be providing a barbecue for visitors.

The Snowy River Men's Shed moved during 2012 from their previous location in Jindabyne to their new home at the entrance to the Randall Community Aerodrome.

The MRH90, manufactured by Australian Aerospace, is the most advanced tactical troop transport helicopter of the 21st century. The government ordered 46 of these machines in order to rationalise the Defence Force's (ADF) helicopter fleet.

The Multi Role Helicopter (MRH) will replace the ADF's existing Black Hawk and Sea King fleets with increased and improved capability, ability and capacity to meet emerging requirements. 46 MRH90 aircraft will be acquired for Navy and Army.

The MRH90 capability has more built-in safety features that meet or exceed today's requirements and utilises the latest technology including composite materials and fly-by-wire systems, providing more efficient maintenance.

The MRH90 will be available for two airmobile squadrons, one special operations support squadron, and one maritime support helicopter squadron. It is able to provide airmobile and maritime support capability to the ADF from land bases as well as the Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships.

Visitors will be treated to a close and personal experience with the newest example of military hardware in Australia.

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