The Boeing Company and the US Army have signed the first Low Rate Initial
Production contract valued at about $140 million including options for
remanufacturing 7 CH-47 Chinook to the new CH-47F and MH-47G special operations
This contract covers the first production lot of a modernization program that
will include at least 300 Chinooks over the next 13 years.
The first CH-47F delivery is scheduled for September 2004. The remaining 6
aircraft will be converted to CH-47G special operations configuration and
delivered in 2004 and 2005.
Modernization involves teardown of CH-47D Chinooks, removal of existing cockpit
sections for replacement by newly manufactured subassemblies, full inspection of
all structural elements and replacement of components as required, and
installation of new or recapitalized components and systems that will enhance
Chinook operational capabilities and reduce sustainment costs.
Both F and G models will incorporate improved fuselages to reduce the effect of
vibration on aircrews, structures and avionics systems.
The modernization program also includes installation of more powerful and
fuel-efficient Honeywell T55-GA-714A engines with full authority digital engine
Chinooks are the world's most efficient and reliable heavy transport
helicopters. They have been in US Army's inventory for the past 40 years, and
will remain in service at least until 2035. In addition, 15 other nations
worldwide operate Chinooks.
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