16th Aviation Brigade (Australia)

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16th Aviation Brigade
Aust Army Choppers.jpg
Aircraft operated by 16th Aviation Brigade: from left to right – Chinook, Blackhawk and Tiger helicopter
Active 2002 – Present
Country  Australia
Branch Army
Type Aviation
Part of Commander Forces Command
Garrison/HQ Enoggera, Queensland

The 16th Aviation Brigade (16 Avn Bde) currently commands most of the Australian Army's aviation units. Formed on 2 April 2002 the brigade from the amalgamation of the Aviation Support Group and the 1st Division's Aviation unit, it is headquartered in Enoggera, Queensland with units based throughout Australia.[1]

Current structure[edit]

The 16th Brigade (Aviation) currently consists of: [2]

Equipment[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service
Boeing CH-47 Chinook  United States Heavy-lift transport helicopter CH-47D 7
Eurocopter Tiger  Europe Attack and Reconnaissance helicopter Tiger ARH 15 + 7
Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk  United States Multi-role transport helicopter S-70A-9 35
NHIndustries NH90  Europe Multi-role transport helicopter MRH-90 12
Bell 206B-1 Kiowa  United States Light Observation Helicopter 206B-1 27

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis et al 2008, p. 55.
  2. ^ Gubler 2008, pp. 16–19.

References[edit]

  • Dennis, Peter; et al (2008). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (Second ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-19-551784-2. 
  • Gubler, Abraham (2008). "Army Aviation's New Decade of Growth". Asia Pacific Defence Reporter 34 (5): 16–19. 

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