The Dutch Military has awarded Boeing the contract for 12 CH-47F Chinook helicopters which has been valued at an estimated $308 million dollars. According to an announcement from the Defense Department, the funding for the helicopters comes as part of amendment to an already existing foreign military sales contract with the country of Netherlands. Work on the Chinooks will be conducted at Boeing’s facility in Ridley Township, Penn. And if recent announcements are to be believed, the deliveries are expected to be fulfilled this month with U.S. Army’s Contracting Command officials overseeing the program.
The Ch-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter whose primary roles revolve around battlefield supply, artillery placement and the transport of troops. The CH-47 is among one of the fastest helicopters notching a top speed of 170 knots and also boasts being among one of the heaviest lifters as well.
It was originally designed and produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 60’s and is one of the few aircrafts from that era to still remain in production with over 1200 in action to date. The Chinook has been a staple in many of history’s most iconic wars including the Vietnam War, the Iran Conflict, The Falklands War and the War in Afghanistan/Iraq. Needless to say the Chinook has played a vital role in the various conflicts as an all-purpose passenger/ cargo and transport helicopter for our ally troops as a symbol of disaster relief.
The contract amendment comes just days after the Dutch military reached an agreement with Airbus DS Electronics and border security to supply missile launch detection systems in an effort to better protect F-16 fighters and NH-90 helicopters. The missile launch detection system to be delivered is not subjected to the limitations of previous warning technologies simply because it operates on a solar-blind UV spectrum with the ability to detect small arms fire and utilizes high resolution sensors combined with the processing power to rapidly identify threats. The missile launch detection system will be standard outfit for all F-16 fighters of the Royal Danish Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
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