The US Army has awarded a $181 million worth contract to Boeing for procurement of 156 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, the Department of defense announced Thursday.
“The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $181,253,232 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of up to 156 Multi-Year II Block I configured CH-47F Chinook helicopters,” the statement reads.
Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022, it added.
The CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter for the U.S. Army and international defense forces. It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft's mission performance and handling characteristics.
The rotorcraft is capable of external sling-load operations, placing artillery, battlefield resupply, and air assault. The CH-47 series has been in use since its introduction in 1962 and has been upgraded and refurbished many times.