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Australian Army Aviation battles organisational and technological challenges

25th February 2022 - 19:00 GMT | by Ian Parker in Portsmouth

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Australia is replacing its Eurocopter Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter. (Photo: AAA)

Current workforce models are not aligned with the contemporary operating environment, according to the head of Australian Army Aviation.

Australian Army Aviation (AAA) is facing employment problems brought about by the ever-increasing demands on its services and the ever-more complicated operation and maintenance of its aircraft, combined with concerns that it may be drawn into conflicts in the Indo-Pacific region.

Speaking during the Defence iQ International Helicopter Conference in London on 15-17 February, AAA commander Maj Gen Stephen Jobson said that his force is ‘unable to resolve three persistent challenges — unwieldy command and control with multiple points of accountability, organisational complexity exacerbated by geographic dislocation, and the over-arching requirement to manage the airworthiness of increasingly complex and

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