The Ministry of Defence of Netherlands has
signed an agreement with Boeing for the upgrade of six Royal
Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest
Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks
are planned to begin in 2021.
“The Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation
(DMO) is responsible for providing the Dutch armed forces with the
best equipment money can buy, and our troops deserve that,” said
Colonel Koen van Gogh, DMO project leader. “Ever since their introduction in the mid-1990s, the Chinooks have been continuously
involved in almost all of our missions abroad, but also in disaster relief operations and in domestic support. A true
versatile workhorse of our Defense Organization.”
upgrade to a common configuration across the RNLAF’s entire fleet
of 20 F-model Chinooks will improve operational
effectiveness, maintenance, and affordability.
feature of F-model Chinooks includes advanced operational capabilities provided by the
Common Avionics Architecture System cockpit with an integrated
Digital Automatic Flight Control System. The common avionics
architecture system also aligns with the U.S Army and other
allies, improving worldwide interoperability, flight-handling
characteristics, and long term sustainability.
longstanding close partnership with the Netherlands played an
important role in achieving their objective of a standardized
fleet of CH-47F Chinooks,” said Chuck Dabundo, vice president,
Boeing Cargo Helicopters, and H-47 program manager. “Worldwide
interest in Chinooks continues to grow. This is the eighth
international order since 2015, and it grows the operational
Chinook fleet within NATO. There is no doubt the Chinook is the
world’s premier heavy-lift helicopter with a long future will
continue to serve our customers for decades to come.”
2016, Netherlands acquired 14 CH-47F Chinooks through the U.S.
Department of Defense's Foreign Military Sales program. To date,
Boeing has delivered more than 900 H-47 Chinook helicopters. The
Chinook is on order or operated by 20 countries, including eight
NATO nations – Canada, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain,
Turkey, United Kingdom, and U.S.