06 October 2021
by Gareth Jennings
The US Army has launched its Block 2 programme for the CH-47F that would see greater than 500 Chinooks upgraded over the approaching years. (US Army)
The US Army has launched Block 2 manufacturing of the Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, with the producer asserting two awards valued at a mixed USD165 million.
Boeing mentioned on 4 October that USD136 million had been awarded for the primary Block 2 Chinooks to be delivered in early 2023 (a part of a wider award probably valued at USD391.4 million), whereas one other USD29 million had been granted for the second manufacturing lot of Block 2 Chinooks.
“This contract allows us to officially begin production of the Block 2 aircraft, and we believe this award, as well as recent testimony from US Army leaders, shows a strong commitment from our customer to this programme,” a Boeing spokesperson instructed
. “This also puts us in a strong position to support the US Army's heavy vertical lift needs well into the future.”
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