16th Aviation Brigade (Australia)

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16th Aviation Brigade
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Aircraft operated by 16th Aviation Brigade: from left to right – Chinook, Black Hawk and Tiger helicopter
Active 2002–present
Country Australia
Branch Army
Type Aviation
Size 1,150 (Active)[1]
150 (Reserve)
Part of Forces Command
Garrison/HQ Enoggera, Queensland

The 16th Aviation Brigade (16 Avn Bde) commands all the Australian Army aviation units and has technical control of the Army Aviation Training Centre reporting to Forces Command.[1][2] The Brigade was formed on 2 April 2002 by combining Headquarters Divisional Aviation (Operational Command) and Headquarters Aviation Support Group (Technical Command) and is headquartered in Enoggera Barracks, Queensland.[2][3][4] It was originally named Headquarters 16th Brigade (Aviation) and was renamed to the 16th Aviation Brigade.[3][5]

The Army Aviation Training Centre (AAvnTC) based at Oakey is responsible for training and maintains a training fleet reporting separately to Forces Command.[1]

Current structure[edit]

The 16th Aviation Brigade currently consists of:[4]


Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service
Boeing CH-47 Chinook  United States Heavy-lift transport helicopter CH-47F 10
Eurocopter Tiger  Europe Attack and Reconnaissance helicopter Tiger ARH 22[6]
Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk  United States Multi-role transport helicopter S-70A-9 20[7]
NHIndustries NH90  Europe Multi-role transport helicopter MRH-90 Taipan 40


  1. ^ a b c The Australian Army. Modernisation from Beersheba and Beyond (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. 26 August 2014. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Black Hawk 221 Board of Inquiry (PDF). Australian Defence Force. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Hastie, Lt-Col Andrew (11 September 2002). "New HQ for aviation brigade". Army: The Soldiers' Newspaper (1059 ed.). Canberra, Australia: Department of Defence. ISSN 0729-5685.
  4. ^ a b "16th Aviation Brigade". Australian Army. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Army aviation in Australia 1970–2015" (PDF). Australian Army. Australian Army Flying Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Army's Tiger ARH achieves FOC". Australian Aviation. 12 May 2016. ISSN 0813-0876.
  7. ^ Kerr, Julian (2 December 2015). "Australian Army to extend Black Hawk service lives for special forces use". Jane 's Defence Weekly (53.4). Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

Further reading[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. ISSN 1037-1427.