Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has earned a 12-month contract extension from Defence to continue providing support arrangements for the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.
Under the agreement, Boeing’s existing five-year contract will be extended to 2024 following a performance review which found that BDA had successfully met the criteria for a 12-month extension.
In making the announcement, Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the move will increase the contract value from around $44 million to $53 million and provide a greater security for dozens of industry jobs in Queensland.
“The extension of this support arrangement for the CH-47F Chinook fleet delivers more certainty for workers in Townsville, Oakey and Brisbane out to 30 August 2024,” Minister Price said.
“The Australian Chinook helicopter fleet provided outstanding support to operations in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2013 in the heavy-lift and troop transport roles.”