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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Aug 28, 2011

Boeing Boeing Receives UK Contract for 14 New Chinooks. Boeing has received a $1.64 billion (1 billion pounds Sterling) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide 14 new CH-47 Chinook helicopters and associated support for the first five years to the Royal Air Force (RAF). The new-build CH-47 Mark (Mk)-6 Chinooks are part of the MOD's Strategic Helicopter Vision to modernize its helicopter force structure, and will expand the RAF fleet to 60 Chinooks. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton echoed Fox, saying, "Chinook is an exceptionally capable helicopter that, in the hands of the very skillful RAF crews, has proved itself time and again in many operational theaters across the globe and is the backbone of the Royal Air Force's helicopter fleet." The new aircraft will be produced at Boeing's recently renovated Ridley Township facility near Philadelphia and are scheduled for delivery from 2013 through 2015. The CH-47 Mk-6 Chinook has a new, machined monolithic airframe with UK-specific avionics, forward-looking infrared radar, a rescue hoist, aircraft defensive systems, and interoperable communication and navigation equipment. The new helicopters will be compatible with the existing UK Chinook fleet. The RAF has operated Chinooks for more than 30 years in every major NATO engagement and on virtually every continent. The RAF established innovative procedures to operate its Chinooks in conjunction with other aircraft while performing troop transport, air assault, and medical evacuation missions. The RAF and MOD Defence Equipment and Support have worked closely with Boeing to implement performance-based logistics initiatives to increase the readiness of their Chinook fleet. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (www.boeing.com/bds) is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 64,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense. Aug 22, 2011

British Royal Air Force UK will acquire 14 more Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The British Royal Air Force is expanding its fleet of Chinook transport helicopters with a $1.65...

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