Archive: CH-47 Chinook

Guard Response Limited By Number of Aviation Assets, Lengyel Says

In discussing the National Guard Bureau’s response to Hurricane Michael last week, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the Guard needs more aviation assets, particularly Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinooks, for on-call response to contingencies, including national disasters. “Aviation is almost always a limiting factor,” Lengyel told the Defense […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Pairs With Rheinmetall for German Helo Competition

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Tuesday its Sikorsky division has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Germany’s Rheinmetall to bid the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force helicopter competition, where it is battling against the Boeing [BA] CH-47. Rheinmetall is the lead teammate in its bid, Sikorsky said. “With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for […]

CH-47 Chinook Helicopter.
Photo: Boeing.

Australia Requests $180 Million In Three CH-47F Helicopters

The State Department approved a possible $180 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) request to Australia for CH-47F Chinook helicopters and related equipment and support. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale on Dec. 18. Major defense equipment (MDE) in the requested FMS would include three CH-47F Chinook helicopters; six T55-GA-714A […]

RAF Chinook Mark 6 In Flight
Photo: U.K. MoD

Boeing Delivers Final U.K. Chinook For Order

Boeing [BA] delivered the 14th Mk6 Chinook helicopter to the United Kingdom, completing the most recent order, the company said Monday. The completion of the UK order increases the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook fleet to 60 vehicles. “These new Mark-6 helicopters will significantly enhance our existing heavy-lift helicopter and Special Forces capability. Our […]

The AN/AAQ-24(v) Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM). Photo: Northrop Grumman

Canada Selected Northrop Grumman To Provide Infrared Countermeasure System For Chinooks

The Royal Canadian Air Force selected Northrop Grumman [NOC] to provide infrared missile protection countermeasures on its fleet of CH-14F Chinook helicopters, the company said on Wednesday. The company is to provide the latest generation directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system as part of an advanced aircraft survivability suite. The DIRCM system automatically detects a missile […]

CH-47F Chinook at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. Photo: U.S. Army.

The Netherlands Requests $1.05 Billion In CH-47F Cargo Helicopters

The State Department last week approved a possible $1.05 billion Foreign Military Sales (FMS) request to the Netherlands for 17 CH-47F cargo helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale on March 19. The primary contractor would be Boeing [BA]. The requested […]

A CH-47F Chinook assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation, Photo: New York Army National Guard.

Army Awards Boeing $714 Million Contract For CH-47F Chinooks

The Army on Friday awarded Boeing [BA] a contract modification worth nearly $714 million for 26 remanufactured CH-47F Chinook helicopters, four new CH-47s and the option of building two more CH-47s. The contract also provides for over, and above, appropriated funding and obligates long-lead funding for production Lot 14, according to a Defense Department statement. […]

First Multiyear II CH-47F delivered to the Army
Photo: Boeing

First Boeing Multiyear II Chinook Delivered Ahead of Schedule

One month ahead of schedule, Boeing [BA] has delivered the first multi-year II configured CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the Army. A ceremony at the Ridley Township, Pa., Boeing plant marked the delivery. “This delivery is an example of teamwork and commitment to the troops in the field,” said Col. Rob Barrie, project manager, Cargo Helicopter […]

Boomerang Microphones
Photo: Raytheon

Raytheon Takes Boomerang Shooter Detection System To The Air

Raytheon [RTN] has taken its sniper detection system Boomerang to the air, testing it on UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, as it evolves the technology from systems used by vehicles and ground troops. The company now awaits a government decision on production that could come by the end of the year, a company […]