Boeing-Led Team Wins $524M to Train Australia’s Military Helicopter Pilots; Kim Gillis Comments

LogisticsA Boeing-led (NYSE: BA) consortium has been awarded a $524 million contract to provide combat helicopter training to air crews of Australian army and navy over the next 25 years.

Boeing partnered with Thales, Airbus and Turbomeca for the Australian military’s JP 9000 Phase 7-Helicopter Aircrew Training System program, Boeing said Monday.

Kim Gillis, managing director and vice president of Boeing Defense Australia, said the alliance plans to use computer-based instruction tools, trainers and flight simulators.

Boeing says it has supported Australian military helicopter training for seven years.

Australia also operates a fleet of Boeing Super Hornet fighters, Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft and Globemaster III transport planes.

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