Boeing has signed a deal to upgrade all 17 of
Spainís 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 countryís fleet with those of other
This is the first order from a non-U.S. customer
placed through a contract Boeing and the U.S. Army signed in July.
That contract covers six new F-models for the U.S. and options for
up to 150 more Chinooks for U.S. and international customers.
Deliveries to Spain begin in 2021.
ďThe Chinook is a versatile aircraft flown by
eight NATO nations, including Spain,Ē said Chuck Dabundo, vice
president, Cargo and Utility Helicopters and H-47 program manager.
ďWith this contract, Spainís Chinook crews will enjoy the
platformís current technology and capability, while the country
gets an affordable upgrade that builds on its existing H-47
The CH-47F is a twin-engine, tandem rotor,
heavy-lift helicopter. In addition to the U.S. Army and Special
Operations Forces, Chinooks are currently in service or under
contract with 19 international defense forces.
The CH-47F can fly at speeds exceeding 175 mph
and carry payloads greater than 21,000 lbs.