UK to Acquire 16 Boeing Chinook Helicopters for $3.5 billion

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UK to Acquire 16 Boeing Chinook Helicopters for $3.5 billion
Boeing Chinook helicopters in UK Service: RAF Photo

The United States State has approved a Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of 16 H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters made by Boeing for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Friday.

The Government of United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of sixteen H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters; thirty-six (36) T-55-GA-714A engines; forty-eight (48) embedded GPS inertial navigation units; twenty (20) common missile warning systems; twenty-two (22) radio-frequency countermeasures; nineteen (19) multi-mode radars; nineteen (19) electro-optical sensor systems; forty (40) M-134D-T mini­ guns; and forty (40) M240H machine guns.

This sale also includes communications equipment; navigation equipment; aircraft survivability equipment; initial training equipment and services; synthetic training equipment; support package including spares and repair parts; special tools and test equipment; aviation ground support equipment; safety and air worthiness certification; technical support; maintenance support; technical and aircrew publications; mission planning system equipment and support; and, project management and governance; U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistic and program support.

The proposed sale will improve the United Kingdom's ability to meet current and future threats by providing a heavy lift rotary wing capability able to execute missions in extreme environments across a full range of military operations. 

The principal contractor of this sale will be Boeing Defense and Space, Ridley Park, PA.  There is no known offset agreement associated with this proposed sale.

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