Boeing modernizes entire Spanish Chinook helicopter fleet
17 CH-47D will be remanufactured to the F configuration for the local Army
Boeing will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the 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 US Army signed in July. The agreement covers six new F-models for the US and options for up to 150 more Chinooks for USA and international customers. Deliveries to Spain begin in 2021.
The CH-47F is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift aircraft. In addition to the US Army and Special Operations Forces, Chinooks are currently in service or under contract with 19 international defense forces. It can fly at speeds exceeding 175 mph and carry payloads greater than 21,000 lbs. In 2017, the company and the Armed Force 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.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency