Chook feed extends Abrams reach

Australian Army soldiers from the 3rd Brigade in Townsville recently conducted trials to verify the viability of Army aviation assets safely refuelling ground-based vehicles in training and operations.

CAPTION: An Australian Army CH-47F Chinook refuels an M1A1 Abrams in a trial to prove aviation can safely refuel ground-based vehicles. Photo by Major Al Green

Exercise Eagle Walk saw Army personnel use a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from 5th Aviation Regiment to refuel an M1A1 Abrams tank from 2nd Cavalry Regiment during the trial at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.

The trial proved the concept of aviation conducting forward refuel of armour, in a concept that could provide Army commanders with a broader range of options for deployment and sustainability of armour.

3rd Brigade, based at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, is one of three multi-role combat brigades of the Australian Army.

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