Oct 26, 2016

Townsville secures $20m helicopter maintenance deal

Townsville secures $20m helicopter maintenance deal

Boeing Defence Australia in Townsville has secured a $20 million Chinook Foxtrot helicopter maintenance contract, due to start on January 1.

North Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said while the significant benefits expected in the region as a result of the Singaporean Government’s $2 billion investment in defence infrastructure were longer term, this week’s announcement would fuel the region’s growing optimism.

“This is a significant announcement not only for the city’s defence industry, but for the long-term development of a highly-skilled, responsive workforce that we can expect will evolve as the region caters for the huge economic benefits that will flow as a result of the Turnbull Government’s record investment in the North and its closer ties with the tropic world,” he said.

The five-year deal would mean 18 highly skilled jobs working with soldier technicians on the Army’s new Chinook Foxtrot helicopters in Townsville.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the contract meant Townsville would be the centre of all Chinook Foxtrot helicopter maintenance.

“The contract integrates defence industry and Australian Defence Force workforces to provide an efficient, flexible and effective maintenance team for Australia’s Chinook helicopter capability,” he said.

“This is all part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to growing defence industry in Australia and using our defence dollar, where possible, locally to create jobs and spur economic growth.”

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