Dec 29, 2013
Boeing to deliver 28 Chinooks to US Army
Boeing will build six new CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters and remanufacture 22 more for the US Army in Fiscal 2014 under a contract announced on 26 December.
The contract signed with the Army Contracting Command includes funds for long-lead items to remanufacture 13 more Chinooks to the F-model standard in Fiscal 2015.
Boeing is in the second year of a five-year agreement to build 155 CH-47F helicopters.
The programme includes building new CH-47Fs, and replacing the fuselages and rotor systems of CH-47Ds and remanufacturing them to F-model standard.
The CH-47F adds a digital cockpit and a new airframe with reduced vibration. Honeywell is delivering more powerful T55-GA-714A turbofshaft engines for the CH-47F helicopters.
The army plans to continue operating the tandem-rotor Chinook until 2038.