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PODCAST: Replacing Australia’s ARH Tigers and AH-1Z Viper’s expeditionary capabilities – Javier ‘NERF’ Ball and Rowan Tink

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Bell Flight’s international military campaign manager, Javier “NERF” Ball, and LAND 4503 Capture Team Lead Rowan Tink join host Phil Tarrant to discuss the LAND 4503 – Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Replacement program.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Bell Flight’s international military campaign manager, Javier “NERF” Ball, and LAND 4503 Capture Team Lead Rowan Tink join host Phil Tarrant to discuss the LAND 4503 – Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Replacement program.



Javier and Rowan break down the expeditionary-focused and ruggedised nature of the AH-1Z Viper platform, building on decades of platform and operational evolution with the US Marines to culminate delivery of a next-generation platform for the ADF.

Javier and Rowan will also discuss the process behind the scenes to flesh out their proposal to the Australian government as part of the LAND 4503 – Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Replacement program.

Finally, Javier and Rowan will expand on the industry opportunities for Australian companies should the AH-1Z Viper be selected as a result of the growing number of aircraft being operated in the Indo-Pacific, building on the maintenance and sustainment program of record presented by the F-35.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 189: PODCAST: Year in review – Steve Kuper, Defence Connect
Episode 188: PODCAST: ‘Deftech’ and the counter-drone industry – Oleg Vornik, DroneShield
Episode 187: PODCAST: Leveraging Indigenous talent in the defence workforce – Craig Williams, Navantia Australia, and Brendan Dumbrell and Hayden Surrao, JLB-Yaran
Episode 186: PODCAST: Interconnectivity between Navy services and the defence industry – Greg Laxton, Fleet Support Unit Australia
Episode 185: PODCAST: Embracing storytelling into your day-to-day life as a professional in defence industry – Chris Huet, Understood Consulting Services
Episode 184: PODCAST: Strengthening Australia’s defence capability – Sir Roger Carr, BAE Systems
Episode 183: PODCAST: Extreme ownership – John Gretton ‘Jocko’ Willink
Episode 182: PODCAST: Supporting the defence workforce – Richard Price, Defence SA
Episode 181: PODCAST: Priorities for the defence industry – Matt Keogh, shadow defence industry minister
Episode 180: PODCAST: The need for a national security strategy – Senator Jim Molan

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