Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, announced today the award of a contract to BAE Systems to support the Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters for the remainder of their service.
“The Black Hawk is a critical asset supporting Australian soldiers. This new contract ensures the continued employment of nearly 100 local maintenance technicians and support personnel in Townsville,” said Mr Combet.
“The contract a three year contract worth approximately $35 million and has five one year options. It will ensure the viability of the Black Hawk in a cost effective way until the end of its service life.
“This new contract offers increased value for money and a more balanced approach to risk when compared to the previous arrangements. This is in line with the principles that have been outlined in the Government’s Strategic Reform Program for Defence.
“The contract was sourced through a competitive open tender process and will provide for deeper maintenance services for the Black Hawk in Townsville.
“The Black Hawk helicopter has been operated by the Australian Army since 1986 seeing service in numerous theatres and humanitarian efforts. The Black Hawk will remain the primary troop lift capability for the Army until it is replaced by MRH 90 and then withdrawn from service.
“I take the opportunity to thank the Townsville community for their support of Black Hawk and Defence over many years and I look forward to seeing the results of the improved contract.
“I was privileged to have opened BAE’s new aircraft maintenance centre in Townsville earlier this year. This new facility will play a critical role in the fulfilment of this new contract.” (ends)
Black Hawk Maintenance Support Contract Signed