ADF takes delivery of two CH-47D helicopters
The Australian minister for defence, Stephen Smith, and minister for defence materiel, Jason Clare, have announced that two additional CH-47D Chinook helicopters have been handed over to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Townsville.
The purchase of the two ex-US Army helicopters was approved by Government in November 2011 following the loss of a CH-47D Chinook on operations in Afghanistan in May 2011.
The CH-47D Chinook undertakes a wide range of missions, including troop movement, battlefield equipment transport, search and rescue and disaster relief roles.
According to the ministers, these two aircraft will allow the army to more effectively manage its training and operational support programs whilst continuing to support continued operations in Afghanistan.
The Chinooks have been deployed on Operation Slipper in Afghanistan since 2006. They have performed an outstanding service for both ADF and ISAF forces and are in high demand across Afghanistan due to its superior performance in hot and high altitude conditions.
The CH-47D fleet will be replaced with seven new CH-47F Chinook helicopters from around 2016.
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