Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Wednesday 29 January 1969, page 8


Army may use

Australian

aircraft

By FRANK CRANSTON, Aviation

Correspondent

An agricultural aircraft designed and built in Australia, which was refused a bounty last year by the Tariff Board, may be developed for use by the armed services.

An Army Aviation Corps expert will fly to Sydney today to discuss with Transavia Corporation plans the company has to producc twin-engined personnel carrier and single-cngincd spotter versions of the Transavia Airtruk.

The Airtruk Is « twinboomed, single-cngincd agricultural machine which is being operated successfully in Australian and New Zealand. Last year the company applied unsuccessfully for a bounty to bring the pricc

of the aircraft down to that of imported competitors.

Transavia believes that the Airtruk can form the basis of at least two military versions of the aircraft for the Australian and New Zealand forccs, each having a considerable number of parts interchangeable with the agricultural version..

A military order, it says, would assist to keep the civil production line going while at the same time saving considerable amounts of foreign exchange spent in importing aircraft for the

services.