Black Hawk helicopters over Perth and WA’s South West region

Black Hawk helicopters will taking part in training exercises over Perth until mid-June

The Australian Defence Force wishes to advise that Australian Army and United States military Black Hawk helicopters and personnel are taking to the skies over Perth – including the western suburbs – and the South West region of WA from now until mid-June to practise operations against simulated terrorist targets.

The Black Hawks and soldiers are taking part in scheduled counter-terrorism exercises using civilian locations in the greater Perth metropolitan area and South West region.

The public should not be alarmed if they see low-flying helicopters, vehicles and military personnel or hear the associated noise of the helicopters, blank gunfire and pyrotechnics. 

The training uses commercial buildings and transport hubs – locations chosen for their training value and added realism that comes from training in these areas.

People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of actual threat.

The Australian Defence Force is unable to including specific timings regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.

Individuals with concerns should email