Boeing has delivered three H-47 Chinooks to the
Australian Army, only 85 days after receiving the order.
The deliveries increase Australia’s CH-47F Chinook fleet to
10, all of which were delivered early.
The three helicopters had entered production for the U.S. Army. Since Australia and the U.S. operate the same configuration, with
Army approval Boeing was able to deliver the capability to
Australia earlier than originally planned.
“The increase from
seven to ten CH-47F Chinooks represents a significant increase to
the capability of the Australian Defence Force through an aircraft
which we already know is both highly dependable and reliable, and
also affordable,” said Col. Jeremy King, director, Cargo
Helicopter and Unmanned Surveillance Program Office, Australian
Defence Force. “This project has been a wonderful example of
highly effective teamwork spanning multiple organizations,
culminating in the successful delivery of the aircraft."
The advanced technology inside new Chinooks includes a fully
digital cockpit that improves the crew’s situational awareness and
the Cargo Platform Health Environment system, which monitors the
aircraft to identify maintenance needs and reduce overall
Australia has one of the most technologically
advanced armed forces with a range of Boeing platforms and
services including the H-47, EA-18G Growler, P-8A Maritime
Surveillance Aircraft, F/A-18 Super Hornet, E-7 Wedgetail Airborne
Early Warning and Control System, C-17 Globemaster III and
training and logistics solutions.
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