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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 598

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Air. Has the Royal Australian Air Force cancelled an order for 18 Iroquois utility helicopters worth $8m? Was the cancellation caused by the absence of adequate base facilities for the helicopters? Has any payment been made in respect of the cancelled order? If so, what was the amount and how much of it is refundable?


Royal Australian Air Force has not cancelled the order for 18 helicopters. The Minister for Defence issued a statement in which he said that delivery of the order has been deferred. Originally the order was for 23 helicopters. Following a review by my Department it was found that we had an immediate requirement for 5 aircraft. Because of No. 9 Squadron's return from Vietnam we have no immediate use for the remaining 18 helicopters. Consequently the order has been deferred. It has not been deferred because we do not have bases. That is incorrect. No payment has been made on the 18 aircraft whose delivery has been deferred.

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