Boeing wins CH-47F Chinook maintenance contract

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne today announced that Boeing Defence Australia has been selected as the preferred supplier for the maintenance of Army’s new Chinook Foxtrot (CH-47F) helicopters.

CAPTIONAn Australian Army CH47F Chinook hovers over HMAS Adelaide’s flight deck during first-of-class flight trials. Photo by Petty Officer Paul McCallum.

“This is all part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to growing defence industry in Australia and using our defence dollar, where possible, locally to create jobs and spur economic growth,” Mr Pyne said – ignoring the fact that to send the helicopters overseas for maintenance would be so stupid economically that doing it in Australia is the only sane and rational option – but feeling the need to claim the bleeding obvious as a “Turnbull Government’s commitment” regardless.

rational_preloadedMr Pyne said the anticipated value of the contract was up to $20 million over five years from 1 January 2017  and would create 18 highly skilled jobs in Townsville.

“It will mean that Townsville will be the centre of all Chinook Foxtrot helicopter maintenance.

“Townsville’s reputation as a defence hub has been given a boost with crucial helicopter maintenance jobs coming to the city.

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“This is great news for Townsville and the local area, investing over $20 million and creating aviation maintenance jobs,” Mr Pyne said.

“These specialists will be employed in Townsville to work alongside soldier technicians on Army’s new sophisticated Chinook helicopters.

“The contract integrates defence industry and Australian Defence Force workforces to provide an efficient, flexible and effective maintenance team for Australia’s Chinook helicopter capability” – as has been the case for donkeys years!

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