Black Hawk helicopters hover for counter-terrorism training

Black Hawk helicopters may be seen or head in the Hills for counter-terrorism training today. Picture: Sydney Morning Herald

Black Hawk helicopters may be seen or head in the Hills for counter-terrorism training today. Picture: Sydney Morning Herald

The impressive thud of Black Hawk helicopter blades should be no cause for alarm in north-west Sydney this evening.

The iconic choppers are in the skies for Australian Defence Force counter-terrorism training around Sydney.

Residents may see or hear Black Hawk helicopters, vehicles, and soldiers carrying weapons and tactical equipment, according to an ADF release.

“The purpose of the training is to provide personnel with realistic training environments and scenarios in built-up areas,” a defence spokesperson said.

“This exercise is part of the regular, scheduled training program and residents should not be concerned if they hear or see these activities occurring.”

Locations have been chosen for their training value and not as a result of any specific threat.

Most activities will occur at night, and the training will involve the use of blank ammunition and pyrotechnics.

The ADF thanked residents and businesses for their support and cooperation during the important training.