The Albanese Government is working closely with the United States and United Kingdom to enhance the Australian Defense Force’s battlefield aviation capability, with H135 ‘Juno’ helicopters and more UH-60M Black Hawks to arrive in 2024.

The United States is expediting delivery of three extra Black Hawk helicopters in 2024, seeing a total of 12 aircraft on our shores by the end of this year. The Australian Army will also receive early delivery of a Black Hawk aircrew training simulator and other essential items. The remaining 28 Black Hawks will continue to arrive in Australia according to a schedule of deliveries between 2025 and 2029.

To support essential training requirements for Army aircrew, Australia will procure five H135 ‘Juno’ training helicopters from the United Kingdom. Australia and the United Kingdom Government are working closely together to bring the training helicopters to Australia, with operations expected to commence in Oakey, Queensland, by mid-year. The planned lease length is for five years and will be funded from within Defense’s existing budget.