Military Logistics

Funding boost for RAAF Base Tindal

24th February 2020 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Australian government has announced a $1.1 billion programme of work for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal.

Along with $495 million already invested in new air combat capability infrastructure, the funding will support the delivery of a new air combat capability from the Northern Territory.

The new infrastructure will increase the reach of RAAF capabilities into the Indo-Pacific, and enable RAAF Base Tindal to deliver enhanced air-to-air refuelling and air support capabilities.

Under the redevelopment projects, $737 million will go towards upgrading the airfield including extending the runway, building a new air movements terminal, parking apron and extra fuel storage facilities. An additional $437 million will provide base infrastructure upgrades, particularly engineering services on the base including power, water and sewage, as well as 108 new live-in units for Australian Defence Force personnel.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence from mid-2020, with completion expected by the end of 2027.

The recently completed $495 million New Air Combat Capability facility will support the arrival of Australia’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft at RAAF Base Tindal in the years ahead.

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