The U.S. Dept. of Defense placed a new, $63-million order with Boeing Defense, Space and Security for two more Boeing CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters as the U.S. Army continues to modernize its heavy-lift helicopter fleet. The placement – which is due to begin in September 2023 – also includes long-lead funding for additional aircraft.
H-47 Chinook helicopters are in service with the Army and 19 allied defense forces for multi-mission capabilities, including equipment and troop transport, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.
Last year, the Army placed a $136-million contract with Boeing for the first four CH-47F Block II aircraft. Those helicopters began production in April 2022 and will be delivered in 2024. The new order represents Lot 2 of that contract.
A separate Lot 3 advance procurement contract is valued at $29 million.
The H-47 Chinook helicopters have been in production for 60 years, and Boeing characterizes the Chinook Block II as “the only way to rapidly and affordably” provide “next-generation heavy-lift capabilities” for future combat missions. The H-47 Chinook Block II helicopters will incorporate redesigned fuel tanks, a strengthened fuselage, and an improved drivetrain.
“Modernizing the Chinook for our Army customer is a priority,” stated Boeing v.p. Ken Eland, the H-47 program manager. “CH-47F Block II improves readiness, limits future sustainment costs and provides commonality across the fleet. We're dedicated to making CH-47F Block II the best option for the Army's heavy lift mission, now and well into the future."