Boeing will update all 17 of Spain’s CH-47 D Chinook helicopters to the F-model setup, including functions such as the digital automated flight control system, typical avionics architecture system and advanced freight handling to line up that nation’s fleet with those of other countries.
This is the very first order from a non-U.S. consumer put through an agreement Boeing and the U.S. Army checked in July. That agreement covers 6 brand-new F-models for the U.S. and alternatives for up to 150 more Chinooks for U.S. and global consumers. Shipments to Spain start in 2021.
“The Chinook is a versatile aircraft flown by eight NATO nations, including Spain,” stated Chuck Dabundo, vice president, Freight and Energy Helicopters and H-47 program supervisor. “With this contract, Spain’s Chinook crews will enjoy the platform’s current technology and capability, while the country gets an affordable upgrade that builds on its existing H-47 investment.”
The CH-47 F is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter. In addition to the U.S. Army and Unique Operations Forces, Chinooks are presently in service or under agreement with 19 global defense forces. It can fly at speeds going beyond 175 miles per hour and bring payloads higher than 21,000 pounds. In 2017, Boeing and the U.S. Army revealed advancement of CH-47 F Block II, which will integrate a brand-new rotor blade, upgraded fuel system, enhanced drivetrain and structural enhancements to the fuselage.