Dec 15, 2014

US approves Chinook sale to Greece

The US State Department has approved the sale of 10 Boeing CH-47D Chinook transport helicopters to Greece.
The deal was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 11 December and includes spare engines, as well as defensive aids and communications and navigation equipment.
Specifically, the equipment to be provided comprises 23 T55-GA-714A engines (20 installed and three spares), 12 AN/AAR-57 common missile warning systems (10 installed and two spares), 12 AN/ARC-220 high-frequency (HF) radios, 12 AN/ARC-186 very high-frequency (VHF) AM/FM radios, 12 AN/ARC-164 ultra-high-frequency (UHF)-AM, 12 AN/ARN 123 VOR ILS marker beacons, 12 AN/ARN-89 or AN/ARN-149 direction-finder sets, 12 AN/ASN-128 Doppler/GPS navigation sets, 12 AN/ARC-201D or AN/ARC-201E VHF FM homing radios, 12 AN/APX-118 transponders, three AN/APX-118A transponders, and 12 AN/APR-39A(V)1 radar signal detecting sets.
In addition to the 10 CH-47Ds, the Hellenic Army is also acquiring spare parts for its fleet of 28 Boeing AH-64A+/DHA Apache attack helicopters.
Once in service, these 10 CH-47Ds will join the nine CH-47D (upgraded CH-47C) and six CH-47SD (Super-D) helicopters that the Hellenic Army has fielded since 1993 (received as CH-47Cs in 1981) and 2001, respectively. It is expected that these new helicopters will form a second CH-47 aviation battalion.

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