2-Mar-2011 Source: Australian MoD
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that Defence had signed a contract with BAE Systems to maintain the Armyâ€™s fleet of Chinook Helicopters.Â The $20.9 million contract means that BAE will maintain and support the Chinooks over the next six years.
â€œChinooks were an important part of the Defence Forceâ€™s response to the Queensland floods,â€ Mr Clare said.Â â€œThey transported the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and emergency service workers as well as food and shelters into places like Condamine.Â They have also been hard at work supporting our troops in Afghanistan in recent times providing logistical support and moving combat units into battle.Â Â None of this happens if they arenâ€™t well-maintained.â€
Mr Clare said the Chinook fleet was based in Townsville and BAE Systems Australia is working there with Army Aviation.
â€œBAE Systems Australiaâ€™s bid represented the best value for money,â€ Mr Clare said.
BAE Systems have been maintaining the Chinook fleet since 1995.
There are currently six helicopters in the Chinook fleet operated by the 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville.
Since 1995 Chinook helicopters have been the Australian Defence Forceâ€™s deployable medium-lift helicopter capability.