Boeing has acquired a $793-million US international army sale contract to provide the ultimate Block I CH-47F Chinook helicopters for South Korea and Spain.
Underneath the settlement, the corporate will manufacture 18 plane for South Korea and one for the Spanish authorities.
Deliveries of the helicopters are anticipated to be accomplished by 2027.
“The CH-47F Block I Chinook continues to be the preeminent heavy-lift helicopter on the planet for good cause,” Boeing Vertical Raise Program Supervisor and Vice President Heather McBryan said.
“Whereas this concludes Block I orders as we proceed our modernization efforts, we’ll proceed supporting our prospects’ plane as they play a significant position for years to return.”
Subsequent Block a ‘Pure Successor’
Work for Boeing’s worldwide CH-47F Block II fleet is underway. This batch incorporates bolstered airframes, elevated vary and raise, an improved drivetrain, and redesigned gas tanks.
Presently, Boeing’s Chinook program is engaged with a six-helicopter contract for the US Military, 36 with the US Military Particular Operations Command (SOCOM), and 14 with the British authorities.
“The Block II program is the pure successor to an already distinctive plane,” McBryan mentioned.
“It’ll present the US Military and worldwide allies much more capabilities in a fancy and evolving battlefield.”
Sustaining Modernized Helicopters
Regardless of having a number of system variations, Boeing assured that each Block I and II CH-47Fs have superior capabilities and may interoperate in heavy-lift airspace.
“South Korea provides to a rising listing of operators across the globe that acknowledge the worth the modernized CH-47F Chinook brings to the desk,” Boeing International Enterprise Growth Vice President Vince Logsdon said.
“Whereas Spain is already reaping the advantages of the plane in Europe, we’re honored to assist South Korea’s heavy-lift helicopter modernization with a flexible product able to assembly the demanding mission necessities in Asia Pacific.”