Boeing Defence Australia says it has signed a new partnership agreement with the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group to support the Australian Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet.
Under the agreement, Boeing Defence Australia plans to consolidate all existing services for the Chinook fleet into a “new through life support contract to be conducted in-country”.
“This new partnership has been structured to maintain the Australian Army’s alignment with the global Chinook fleet while standing up in-country engineering and supply chain capabilities to complement the training and maintenance services we currently deliver in Australia,” Boeing Defence Australia general manager for integrated services and support Murray Brabrook said in a statement on Thursday.
“The majority of work will be undertaken in Oakey and Townsville, building on our existing regional network of Australian rotary-wing capability to deliver more cost-effective Chinook support while maximising Australian industry involvement and local agility to respond to Australia’s operational requirements.”
Boeing Defence Australia currently provides support services for the Australian Army currently fleet of 10 CH-47F Chinook helicopters from its Townsville base. It also has a maintenance training centre at Oakey and conducts ab-initio helicopter aircrew training at Nowra.
The heavy-lift helicopter is primarily used for troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply.
“Boeing Defence Australia believes expertise developed under the Chinook support services contract could one day allow it to support other regional Chinook operators and future Australian Army helicopter fleets based on other platforms,” the company said.