Local company beats Boeing for $ 21m maintenance deal Chinook contract
A GLOBAL defence aviation company has been awarded a $ 20.9 million contract to maintain the Australian Defence Force fleet of Chinook helicopters with the Townsville arm of the business to carry out the work.
M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e Materiel Jason Clare announced yesterday a six-year contract to maintain and s u p p o r t t h e T o wns v i l l e - based helicopters – with options to extend the tender for up to 20 years – had been signed between the ADF and BAE Systems Australia.
The winning contractor will have to provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, repairs, engineer- ing and services.
BAE have held the Chinook maintenance contract since 1995 but it was put out to competition and the company had to outperform a number of tenders including one from the helicopters’ manufacturers Boeing.
They also won a $ 240 million contract in December 2 0 0 9 t o m a i n t a i n t h e Townsville-based f l eet of Black Hawks and the Navy Seahawks based in Nowra.
There are currently six CH47D Chinooks operated by the army’s 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville.
BAE commercial manager Alan Wylie said the Chinook contract would cement the c o m p a n y ’ s p o s i t i o n i n Townsville.
‘‘ It gives us a really good foothold here in Townsville,’’ he said.
support through to the end of the lifeof-type of this aircraft in ADF service and the lowest possible transition risk for introduction of the Chinook CH-47F aircraft,’’ he said.
Mr Clare said Chinooks were an important part of the Defence Force’s response to natural disasters such as the Queensland floods.
‘‘ They transported the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and emergency service workers as well as food and shelters into places like Condamine,’’ he said.
‘‘ They have also been supp o r t i n g o u r t r o o p s i n Afghanistan in recent times providing logistical support and moving combat units into battle.
‘‘ None of this happens if they aren’t well-maintained.
‘‘ BAE Systems Australia’s bid represented the best value for money.’’