Continued Commitment to Critical Capability
On 7 April the Australian government announced it has extended the Airbus Australia Pacific through-life support (TLS) contract for the TIGER Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH).
First introduced into service in 2004, the TIGER has become a critical asset for the Australian Defence Force. Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the extension of the current support arrangements demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to this capability, while providing long-term certainty for hundreds of defence industry employees across Australia. “With an anticipated value of up to $790 million, this contract will see the continued employment of 60 staff in Darwin who provide maintenance and logistics support services at [the] Army’s 1st Aviation Regiment,” he noted.
Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds added that this investment would see the retention of 70 staff at the Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland, along with a further 130 skilled staff at Brisbane airport who provide commercial, engineering and logistics services. “As part of this arrangement there is a provision for Airbus to provide long-term labour to support the continued capability of Army aviation platforms across Australia [….] It allows Defence to exercise flexibility to continue its work with existing industry partners to support and improve the fleet whilst also meeting the capability requirements of the Army.”