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Australian CH-47F necessitated by migration challenge

30th July 2009 - 10:31 GMT | by in Canberra


The head of Australia’s military helicopter acquisitions directorate says that plans replace the Australian Army’s six Boeing CH-47D helicopters with seven new CH-47F aircraft directly reflect requirements to simultaneously sustain aircraft in operational service in Afghanistan.

MAJGEN Tony Fraser says the planned buy represents “the big challenge for us: How we migrate while we still have [aircraft in] operations in Afghanistan?

“[That is] why we have gone for new build aircraft rather than modify and upgrade the current aircraft is that we are limited to continue with operations the whole time. That is a big challenge for us.”

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