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Boeing to Modernise Entire Spanish Chinook Fleet

Photo: Deliveries of the upgraded Spanish CH-47Fs will begin in 2021. Photo: Boeing



Deliveries of the upgraded Spanish CH-47Fs will begin in 2021. Photo: Boeing


Boeing will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, it has been announced.

The work will involve adding features such as a digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country’s fleet with those of other nations.

This is the first order from a non-US customer placed through a contract Boeing and the U.S. Army signed in July. That contract covers six new CH-47F-models for the US and options for up to 150 more Chinooks for US and international customers.

Deliveries to Spain begin in 2021.

Chuck Dabundo, vice president, Cargo and Utility Helicopters and H-47 program manager, said: “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-47F is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter. In 2017, Boeing and the US Army announced development of CH-47F Block II, which will incorporate a new rotor blade, redesigned fuel system, improved drivetrain and structural improvements to the fuselage.

Source: Boeing

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