The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters and related equipment.
FILE PHOTO (Feb 2020): Australian Army CH-47F Chinooks from 5th Aviation Regiment on an Operation Bushfire Assist 19/20 sortie. Photo by Corporal Tristan Kennedy.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
The announcement said the Government of Australia had requested to buy four CH-47F cargo helicopters with customer-unique modifications – eight T55-GA-714A aircraft turbine engines, five AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS); eight Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation Systems (INS/EGI) +429; and two EAGLE+429 Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation Systems (INS/EGI).
Also included is mission equipment; communication and navigation equipment; spare parts and components; special tools and test equipment; publications and technical manuals; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, maintenance, technical, and logistical support services, and other related elements of program and logistical support.
The total estimated value is US$259 million.
The aircraft will be provided from US Army stock.
Australia currently has 10 Chinooks, operated by 5th Aviation Regiment at RAAF Base Townsville.