Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Australia's defence procurement division - the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) - have signed an agreement in support of the country's CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.
Under the accord, announced on 4 October, Boeing will consolidate all existing support services for the Australian Army's CH-47F Chinook fleet into a new through-life support contract to be conducted in-country.
BDA said that the new arrangement could, in the future, also be positioned to support other regional operators of the Chinook as well as future Australian Army fleets of other rotary-wing platforms.
Murray Brabrook, BDA's general manager of integrated services and support, said, "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."
Brabrook added that the majority of the work under the new agreement will be undertaken at the Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland, and the Army's Chinook operating base in Townsville, Queensland.
The Australian Army operates 10 CH-47F Chinooks. Seven were ordered in 2010 and delivered by 2015 to replace the service's CH-47Ds, while an additional three CH-47Fs were ordered in 2015 and delivered by 2016.
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