United States Force Posture Initiatives Airfield Works


RAAF Base Tindal is located 15 km outside Katherine and 320 km south-east of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

The United States Force Posture Initiative (USFPI) Airfield Works project aims to increase the capacity of RAAF Base Tindal to support KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport operations. This forms a key part of the core Air Power role of air mobility, including air-to-air refuelling and air logistics support missions.

The project also aims to support the USFPI by improving accessibility for United States Air Force aircraft.

Community information

Defence recognises the importance of consulting with local residents, statutory authorities and other interested stakeholders on the project.

Government, local community, and industry groups have been consulted on the proposed works.

Project details

Project element Description
Airfield works
  • lengthening and strengthening of runway and widening of runway shoulders
  • re-aligning, extending and widening the parallel taxiway
  • navigational aid works.
Aircraft parking apron
  • constructing new parking bays for 4 Code E aircraft.
Aviation fuel farm
  • constructing 2 new storage tanks, to provide 6 million litres of storage capacity, and supporting infrastructure and buildings.
Air Movements Terminal
  • constructing new air movements terminal with a 250 passenger handling capacity.
Engineering services and infrastructure
  • extending existing engineering infrastructure services to support the new facilities
  • constructing new western access gate and associated access roads.