Black Hawks to lift dis­as­ter aid

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

AUS­TRALIA could soon have ac­cess to nearly a dozen Black Hawk he­li­copters to help dur­ing bush­fire sea­son and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Kaan Air Aus­tralia and StarF­light Aus­tralia have signed an agree­ment worth up to $ 63 mil­lion with Siko­rsky – the orig­i­nal man­u­fac­turer – to im­port and re­fur­bish 10 ex- US mil­i­tary he­li­copters early next year. They will be re­pur­posed in Bris­bane specif­i­cally for aerial fire­bomb­ing op­er­a­tions and dis­as­ter re­lief work. Kaan Air Aus­tralia and StarF­light Aus­tralia CEO John Skeen said the agree­ment would help emer­gency ser­vices fill a gap in fire­fight­ing and dis­as­ter re­lief.

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