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A NEW memorial recognising the
contribution of Australian peace-
keepers will be opened on Anzac
Parade in Canberra on September 14.
The ADF representative on the
Australian Peacekeeping Memorial
project committee, AVM Peter Yates,
said the memorial honoured more
than 80,000 Australian military,
police and civilian peacekeepers who
had served on more than 60 opera-
tions over the past 70 years.
AVM Yates said 14 Australians
had died during operations and many
carried injuries and scars well after.
"It's not only the peacekeepers
who are affected by their past mis-
sions, it's also their families who
often have to deal with their past
service," he said.
AVM Yates said the design of the
memorial had two main elements.
"The memorial consists of two
monoliths in a stone courtyard sepa-
rated by a glowing passage of golden
light, forming a powerful entry to
the memorial," he said. "The light
evokes the role of Australian peace-
keepers and their help to local popu-
lations. Written in the pavement are
words evoking the qualities and sac-
rifice of Australian peacekeepers."
Along the back of the memorial
will be a beam recording missions in
which Australians have served and
an inclined plane to receive wreathes
A service to mark 70 years of
Australian peacekeeping and to
open the memorial will begin at
10am. The event coincides with
Australian Peacekeeping Week, from
The Australian War Memorial
will hold a photo display and remem-
brance service on September 13 and
a special Last Post ceremony on
For information visit dva.gov.au/
Photo: WO2 Andrew
September 7, 2017
RECENT airlift trials in Townsville
are helping the Hawkei Protected
Mobility Vehicle -- Light (PMV-L) pre-
pare for future operations.
Using CH-47F Chinooks from
5 Avn Regt, the trials involved carry-
ing the two-door and four-door vari-
ants of the Hawkei, along with the
External airlift by Chinook will
provide the Hawkei with greater
mobility on operations, allowing it to
be deployed over geographic obstacles
or where local infrastructure has been
Under Project Land 121 Phase 4,
Defence is purchasing 1100 Hawkei
PMV-L from Thales Australia, and
along with the Mercedes G-Wagon,
the Hawkei will replace Army's fleet
of Land Rovers.
Weighing up to 8.5 tonnes, the
four-door Hawkei variant is one of
the heavier loads to be carried by
A joint Air Force engineer / Army
air dispatch team from Air Mobility
Training and Development Unit
(AMTDU) coordinated the trial to
assess the Hawkei's suitability for
OIC for External Lift with
AMTDU, WO1 Simon Needham, said
his unit designed a lifting configura-
tion for carriage under the lift aircraft.
"The vehicle's design needs to
be technically safe to fly under the
CH-47F in a variety of conditions,"
WO1 Needham said.
"The flight test combines the tech-
nical certification of the load with an
operational evaluation to determine
the flight characteristics.
"A key consideration is to
minimise the time it will take for
the vehicle operators to prepare and
reconstitute the vehicle for external
An assessment of the Hawkei
design was undertaken in cooperation
with the Land 121 Phase 4 project
team, and the vehicle's manufacturer,
While the Hawkei's design empha-
sises protection for its occupants,
its structure also needs to be strong
enough to be carried by attachment
points mounted around the vehicle.
"The design underwent technical
rigour to ensure any risks associat-
ed with flight safety are eliminated
before it progresses to the flight test
phase," WO1 Needham said.
"The Land 121 Phase 4 project
team engaged with AMTDU in the
preliminary design phase to ensure the
attachment points would be suitable
for a lifting system.
"A number of options were consid-
ered, and the final design was assessed
as the most suitable solution."
Air Force engineering offic-
ers at AMTDU studied the Hawkei's
structure, focusing on attributes like
the strength of lifting points on the
Hawkei, and its mission configuration.
AMTDU engineer Flg-Off Michael
Schramm said studying the Hawkei's
mass distribution helps predict its
behaviour as an external load.
"To ensure compatibility with the
CH-47F, the Hawkei must be assessed
against the capacity of the aircraft
cargo hook, vibrational influence of
the active rotor, and mass of the cou-
pled aircraft," Flg-Off Schramm said.
"Attention must also be paid to the
aircraft performance including flight
endurance so as to optimise Hawkei
configurations to meet force projec-
The flight trials encompass a pre-
defined set of manoeuvres that are
designed to test the flight characteris-
tics of the external load throughout the
flight envelope of the CH-47F.
"The purpose of these manoeuvres
is to examine load behaviour includ-
ing aerodynamic effects and vehicle
movement," Flg-Off Schramm said.
"This way we can ensure carriage
during standard operations will not
compromise safety or airworthiness."
At RAAF Base Townsville, the
trials were undertaken in coopera-
tion with the Army Aviation Test and
Evaluation Section (AATES); the des-
ignated agency for the conduct of all
Army Aviation flight test activities.
The CH-47F Chinook was intro-
duced into service with Army in April
2015, and has already undertaken
external lift trials with loads such as
the Mercedes G-Wagon.
Capt Kelly Weatherstone, a test
pilot with AATES at RAAF Base
Townsville, said carrying the Hawkei
presented some unique handling
With the maximum weight of the
Hawkei approaching the limits of
what the CH-47F can carry externally,
some equipment had to be removed
from the aircraft, and less fuel was
The CH-47F does provide a num-
ber of advances over past Chinooks,
especially for precision hovering and
power management. The aircraft's
Digital Advanced Flight Control
System incorporates flight control
laws and modes that greatly assist the
crew during high-workload tasks such
as external lift tasks.
"The CH-47F on-board mis-
sion planning functions also enable
the aircrew to plan route fuel, power
and timings far more accurately than
CH-47D," Capt Weatherstone said.
"This enhanced the safety and effi-
ciency of the trial.
"More broadly, the CH-47F is able
to operate in highly complex, more
dynamic environments with increased
safety and efficiency versus CH-47D."
Sky no limit for Hawkei
A CH-47F Chinook hovers into position for Ptes Alex Beaumont, left, and Jamie
Carbone, of Air Mobility Training and Development Unit, to connect the aerial
delivery equipment while conducting external lift trials with the Hawkei; and inset,
members from Land 121, Garry Moss, left, project director Col John McLean and
system engineer Matthew Fraser.
Photos: Glen McCarthy
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