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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 258: INSIGHT: A blueprint for national resilience — Senator James Paterson
Episode 257: PODCAST: Strengthening the defence ecosystem — Scott Carpendale, VP and MD of Boeing Defence Australia
Episode 256: INSIGHT: The future of air power with Northrop Grumman chief executive Chris Deeble and leading defence science expert Dr Jackie Craig
Episode 255: INSIGHT: Building a future-ready workforce — SA Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni
Episode 254: INSIGHT: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on foreign affairs, defence and trade – Senator David Fawcett
Episode 253: PODCAST: Discussing the past and future of RAAF after its centenary
Episode 252: INSIGHT: Examining the relationship between Defence and civil society — Major Cate Carter from the Australian Defence College
Episode 251: INSIGHT: Proposing an alternative plan for Defence — Meryl Swanson, shadow assistant minister for defence
Episode 250: INSIGHT: Celebrating female participation in the Navy — Rear Admiral Katherine Richards, head of Navy engineering
Episode 249: INSIGHT: Journeying through Australia’s military history — Dr Will Davies, author and historian

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