Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, today announced the establishment of a new Army Aviation Command, at a ceremonial parade and helicopter flyover at Blamey Square, Canberra.
CAPTION: Six S70A-9 Black Hawk and MRH90 Taipan helicopters from 6 Aviation Regiment fly over Russell Offices, to mark the establishment of Army Aviation Command. Photo by Jay Cronan.
Lieutenant General Burr said the formation of the Army Aviation Command was a significant achievement for the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.
“The alignment of Army’s aviation capability under its own command optimises Army Aviation to better support land, amphibious and special operations,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“The Command will improve resilience and adaptability and ensure Army’s training system is agile and contemporary.
“The unity, sense of purpose and focus in a single command will support our land forces to achieve more tasks, in more difficult environments.
“The command also represents the delivery of another key milestone set out in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan.”
Commanded by Major General Stephen Jobson, Aviation Command will deliver aviation capability to support Army’s land power to enable the Joint Force.
“Aviation Command will coordinate the introduction into service of new helicopters and unmanned aerial systems, and enhance and assure the safety, effectiveness and sustainability of current aircraft,” Major General Jobson said.
“The changes to Army’s aviation command and control structure will simplify the management of Army’s helicopters—one of the most multifaceted and resource-intensive platforms used by the land forces.”
As of today, 16th Aviation Brigade and the Army Aviation Training Centre will transfer from Army Forces Command to Aviation Command.
Army’s aviation capability provides aviation reconnaissance, firepower support, air assault, and battlefield support and surveillance, in combined, joint and interagency environments.
Army operates various types of aircraft including the Boeing CH-47F Chinook, Eurocopter Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter, NH Industries MRH90 Taipan multi-role helicopter and leased civil light utility helicopter. The S70A-9 Black Hawk helicopter is scheduled for retirement.