The Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) heavy-lift battlefield aviation capability is receiving a significant boost following a $595 million investment in four new CH-47F Chinook helicopters.
Australia’s current fleet of Chinook helicopters will grow from 10 to 14 under this acquisition program, with the third and fourth Chinooks expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2022.
The Minister for Defence the Hon Peter Dutton MP welcomed the arrival of the first two helicopters from the United States to Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville.
“The additional helicopters will strengthen Army’s airlift capability into the future and increase the ADF’s ability to support operations globally.
“The Chinook is Defence’s largest helicopter, with a long and proven track record of supporting ADF operations in Australia, our near region and further afield.
This arrival comes approximately three months after the sale was approved and highlights Australia’s excellent strategic working relationship with the United States.
“By working closely with the United States, through streamlined processes to rapidly deliver Defence capability, the Morrison Government is demonstrating its commitment to Defence’s strategic objectives and, in this case, bolstering Defence’s aviation capability.”
Australia’s defence industry will continue to play a key role in supporting the increased Chinook fleet, with an additional $69.5 million investment into the Australian economy over the next 20 years.