Australia to acquire more Chinooks

The Australian Defence Force is acquiring seven Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters at a cost of $560 million.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the possible Foreign Military Sale on April 13.
“The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of seven CH-47F Chinook helicopters with 14 (2 per aircraft) T55-GA-714A Turbine engines, seven M134D Dillon Aero Miniguns, 16 AN/ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radios (SINCGARS), seven Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Blue Force Trackers (FBCB2/BFT), two spare T-55-GA-714A turbine engines, mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, ground support equipment, spare and repair parts, special tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support,” the DSCA said in a note to Congress.
The Australian Army currently operates six of the older “D” models. The Australian Defence Force is similar in size to the South African Defence Force and faces like strategic challenges.     
“Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific,” the DCSA added.
“The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region.
“Australia’s efforts in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Iraq and in Afghanistan have had a significant impact on regional political and economic stability and have served US national security interests. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives and facilitates burden sharing with our allies.”
“The proposed sale of the CH-47F Chinook helicopters and components to Australia will contribute to US security objectives by providing a coalition partner with significantly improved airlift capability.
“This will improve the Royal Australian Army’s ability to participate in coalition operations, enhance the capacity of Australia’s Defense Forces to provide lift for ground forces and supplies in support of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and to contribute to stability operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.
“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” the DCSA avers.