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Boeing to train Australian Army and Navy helicopter pilots for next 25 years

Staff writer ▼ | November 19, 2014
Boeing will train Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army helicopter pilots for the next 25 years through a $A600 million contract that broadens the company's partnership with Australia's armed forces.
Australian Army helicopter
Cooperation   A $A600 million contract for training
For the JP 9000 Phase 7-Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) effort, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) teamed with Thales to develop a low-risk solution around the Airbus EC135, one of the world's most proven helicopters. Airbus and Turbomeca are also part of the BDA-led team.

"This reinforces Boeing as a leading provider of military aviation training in Australia," said Kim Gillis, BDA's managing director and vice president. "We will meet the needs of the Australian Defence Force through a balanced program that makes the most of its cadre of instructors supported by flight simulators and computer-based instruction and training aircraft."

Boeing has provided the Australian Army with helicopter pilot, aircrew and technician training since 2007, meeting or exceeding all the training and maintenance requirements. In addition to training and support, Australia also uses Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets, C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft and Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft, among other systems.