Australia Awards BAE Systems Helicopter Support Contract

by: Matthew Potter
December 22, 2009

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The Australian Government announced that they have awarded BAE Systems a three year contract with five options to support their fleet of S-70 Black Hawk utility helicopters. The contract is worth $35 million (Australian) for the fist three years. It is expected at the end of the eight years that the Sikorsky helicopters will be replaced by new aircraft.

The Black Hawk is in use with the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force as well as enjoying strong sales to overseas customers. It was developed to replace the ubiquitous UH-1 of the Vietnam Era. The S-70 is the export version of the aircraft. Australia has been a strong ally of the U.S. in its fighting in Afghanistan and has had Black Hawks since the mid-Eighties.

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