Helicopter Systems Division

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment

Helicopter Systems Division

Helicopter Systems Division (HSD) acquires and sustains all Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  
HSD is a key partner to the ADF in the generation of military helicopter capability.

HSD is currently responsible for a range of major capital equipment procurement projects and phases, and several significant minor projects. These are amongst the largest and most complex in Australia.

HSD's sustainment activities support the Army and Navy raise, train and sustain requirements and the current operational deployments to Afghanistan (Chinook and Shadow UAS) and the Middle East (Seahawk). Sustainment support is provided by HSD's Systems Program Offices (SPOs) based at Nowra for Navy Aviation and Oakey and Brisbane for Army Aviation.

The SPOs provide fleet wide engineering support, inventory management, contract management for deeper maintenance, and replacement support for ageing and obsolescent aircraft equipment. 

Defence transfers a CH-47D Chinook to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) for historical purposes.
Read the history of the Chinook D-Model

The Division manages large projects including:

  • Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (AIR87 Phase 2)
  • Multi Role Helicopter (AIR9000 Phase 2, 4 and 6)
  • Seahawk Romeo (AIR9000 Phase 8).

HSD is divided into the following branches:

Army Aviation Systems

This branch is responsible for acquiring and sustaining Army helicopters and tactical UASs and oversees two project offices and three sustainment organisations. The branch includes:

  • An executive and support element
  • Acquisition teams responsible for acquiring the MRH 90 and CH-47F Chinook
  • Sustainment teams responsible for sustaining the Black Hawk, Chinook, Kiowa, MRH 90, Tiger, ScanEagle UAV and Shadow 200 UAV.

Navy Aviation Systems

This branch is responsible for acquiring and sustaining Navy helicopters and oversees two project offices and one sustainment organisation. The branch includes:

  • An executive and support element
  • Acquisition teams acquiring Navy anti-surface and anti-submarine helicopters as well as training helicopters for both Navy and Army
  • Sustainment team providing through life support for Squirrel and Seahawk Classic helicopters and aerial targets, engineering oversight of the Bell 429 helicopter contract, and disposal activities for the Sea King helicopter.

Doing Business with HSD

As HSD continues to work with the rest of CASG and Defence to deliver required helicopter support to the ADF, many industry opportunities will arise. Contact your nearest Business Access Office for more information on how to work with Defence.

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From Chinooks, Black Hawks, Seahawks and Tigers to the new MRH 90, HSD provides opportunities for engineers and project managers to interact with some of the world's most advanced aircraft.

Current Division Projects