One thing that the report mentions, was that in 2003 Defence's preference was for for the S-70M Black Hawk for Phases 2 & 4, yet in 2004 the MRH90 was selected for Phase 2 by gov't due to "other" considerations. I would be very curious to know what those other considerations were, and whether they proved accurate. One I do recall is that the MRH90's were built (assembled, really) in Australia by the Eurocopter subsidiary Australian Aerospace from full kits provided by Eurocopter.Yes, it’s wonderful how clear hindsight can be, particularly when those employing it have no responsibilities for the outcome.
Having checked recently to confirm, Australian Aerospace is still around, but does not seem to be in the business of building helicopters. Instead it seems to operate as an MRO and parts/component supplier for aviation. Which does sort of illustrate an issue I have with some countries wanting to do domestic aircraft builds. Unless the country manages to get enough demand for their aircraft, once the national order is completed the capability fades away, with all the resources building the infrastructure and skilling the workforce getting squandered.