(24 Jun 2021)
The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded Boeing
a $599 million Foreign Military Sales contract approved by the
U.S. Department of State to deliver 14 extended-range Chinook
helicopters to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).
The United Kingdom will be the first international
operator of a Block II Chinook.
The extended range Chinook gives the RAF fleet
more versatility to execute the domestic and international
heavy-lift missions that only the Chinook can facilitate.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2026.
The Chinook fleet for the UK Ministry of Defence
(MOD) supports more than 450 highly skilled jobs across the UK.
Boeing colleagues provide maintenance and services support at
Gosport, MOD Boscombe Down, and are embedded alongside the
military at RAF Odiham.
“These Chinooks are the future of heavy-lift,
built on an existing foundation of advanced capability and life
cycle affordability,” said Andy Builta, Boeing vice president and
H-47 program manager. “This contract for Block II aircraft sets
the stage for the next 60 years of Chinook excellence on the
Boeing and the RAF recently celebrated the 40th
anniversary of the first Chinook delivery to the UK. Boeing will
also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chinook’s first flight
later this year.
The company has more than 4,600 employees in
Pennsylvania supporting the Chinook, the
V-22 Osprey, the MH-139A
Grey Wolf and a number of services and engineering efforts.
Including suppliers and vendors, Boeing’s activities support an
estimated 16,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.
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