The Australian Army has awarded a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract to Rockwell Collins to deliver extended avionics support for its fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters until 2020.
Under the agreement, the company will be responsible for delivering PBL-related support, such as field service engineering, programme management, and logistics service.
Repair and overhaul for the common avionics architecture system (CAAS) components installed on the helicopters and transportable flight proficiency simulators will also be provided.
Australian Army Cargo Helicopter and Unmanned Surveillance Program Office Chinook platform manager Rachael Taylor said: “The partnership with Rockwell Collins in support of the Australian Army CH-47F Chinooks has proven economical and highly efficient whilst improving successes in its operational domains.
“These results have led the unit to extend the contract to ensure the in-country Rockwell Collins interface is maintained to ensure mission success.”
Under the contract extension, local support and on-site maintenance and training will be provided for the avionics used by the Australian Army.
Rockwell Collins Service Solutions vice-president and general manager Thierry Tosi said: “We’ve been supporting the Australian Army since they took delivery of their aircraft three years ago, delivering the highest level of service in the country so they can maintain mission readiness.
“This extension demonstrates their confidence in our services programme and the value we provide through a PBL.”
The company has more than 20 years of experience in PBL contracting with a 100 programme renewal rate.
Built by Boeing, the CH-47F multi-mission helicopter features fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, common aviation architecture cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that support the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.