Boeing has signed a seven year contract with Defence to sustain Australia's future AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
More than 230 new roles will be created in Queensland under the initial support contract, covering maintenance, engineering, aircrew and maintainer training, and logistics for the 29 Apaches.
"Defence is dedicated to enhancing the Australian Defence Force’s battlefield aviation capability and building Defence industry," said Major General Jeremy King, Head of Joint Aviation Systems Division, CASG.
"The initial support contract with Boeing Defence Australia meets Defence’s requirements for skilled workforce in the operating and training units in Townsville and Oakey, as well as the support office in Brisbane. Defence looks forward to working collaboratively with Boeing Defence Australia in achieving the AH-64E Apache fleet’s introduction into service."
Last year, Boeing announced five Australian companies will supply parts to the Apache fleets.
“We have an unmatched sovereign platform sustainment capability that has enhanced multiple Foreign Military Sale platforms for the Australian Defence Force, and we’ll adopt that proven approach on Australia’s Apache program,” said Scott Carpendale, Boeing Defence Australia’s vice president and managing director.
“Together with our local parts suppliers, this contract will bolster Australia’s defence industry and deliver a dependable new frontline capability in Australia, for Australians.”
The Australian Apache is set to be delivered from late 2025 to support the Initial Operational Capability target of late 2026.
Boeing has also been awarded a CH-47 Chinook Integrated Support Services contract extension.