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Australian FMS records reveal major helicopter spares buy

11th May 2009 - 10:01 GMT | by in Canberra

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The Australian Department of Defence has spent at least A$96.43 million on spares and operational upgrades for its United States-sourced military helicopters since the start of January 2005 using the US foreign military sales system.

Almost half the spend has been in support of the rapid upgrade and operational maintenance of the Australian Army’s Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters, with Australian government FMS purchasing records identifying ten separate FMS contracts since 2005 worth a total of A$43.62 million. These include three separate awards totalling A$4.69 million supporting engine replacement for the type between October 2005 and March this year.

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