The Australian Department of Defense has finished the process to buy 40 Black Hawk helicopters from the US for $2.8 billion in order to enhance military combat and emergency response capabilities in the context of regional security that is becoming more unpredictable and complex.
According to a press release from the Australian Defense Ministry on January 18, the Australian Army will shortly phase out its fleet of Taipan helicopters produced in Europe since they are now outdated and unable to take on today’s more sophisticated threats. As a result, the Australian Department of Defense has chosen to swap it out for a newer model of Black Hawk helicopters built in the US.
The Australian Defense Security Cooperation Agency reports that the US Ministry of Defense has now approved the Ministry of Defense’s purchase of 40 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment for 2.8 billion AUD. The first aircraft will be delivered in the second quarter of 2023, with the majority of the bases being outfitted in the states of Queensland and New South Wales.
With the most cutting-edge radar and communications equipment for target detection, the UH-60 Black Hawk is a medium transport and assault aircraft with a capacity of up to 20 soldiers. Additionally, this aircraft possesses a large arsenal of armaments appropriate for each distinct job, including air combat, evacuation, command and control, as well as reconnaissance.
This is a component of the Australian Defense Department’s Land 4507-1 project to enhance the combat capabilities of the Australian Army and meet the nation’s strategic needs in the context of increasingly complex regional security, according to Major General Jeremy King, Commander of the Australian Army Capabilities Agency. The capabilities of the Black Hawk will be crucial to Australia’s preservation of its sovereignty and accomplishment of its foreign policy objectives, such as disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
The Black Hawks squadrons will enhance the Australian military’s agility and capacity to work with partners in the Indian Ocean region, according to Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles.