Boeing gets funding to build ‘export’ Chinook • Pilot & Airplane

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter of the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard, lifts an M777 105mm howitzer from Camp Grayling, Mich. to an area near the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich. Aug. 10, 2018. (US Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr., 104th Public Affairs Division)

PHILADELPHIA – Boeing has been awarded a contract to manufacture eighteen CH-47F Block I Chinooks for South Korea and one additional Chinook for Spain as part of the US Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract.

The $793 million contract marks the last aircraft ordered under the current CH-47F Block I FMS contract with the U.S. government as Boeing continues its transition to develop an advanced Block II configuration.

While production and delivery of the CH-47F Block I will be completed in 2027 with this order, the Chinook’s modernization efforts will continue with the H-47 Block II program already underway.

The Block II version offers greater lift and range thanks to an improved powertrain, strengthened airframe and redesigned fuel tanks.

Currently six Block II aircraft are under contract with the US Army, 36 with US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and 40 with the UK.

SOCOM has been receiving Block II helicopters for several years and the US Army will receive its first CH-47F Block II in early 2024.

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