Korean Air, Boeing propose Chinook upgrade collaboration

20 October 2017

Korean Air and Boeing have signed an agreement to collaborate on upgrading the Republic of Korea Armed Forces’ Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed at the ADEX exhibition in Seoul on 19 October, Boeing and Korean Air’s Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) will enter a technical partnership to undertake Chinook modifications, flight-testing and air worthiness upgrades, said a press release.

The companies added that the MOU also provides an opportunity for them to pursue other aircraft upgrade programmes in South Korea and to provide customers with joint integrated logistics services.

The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) operates five Chinooks, which were procured from Boeing from 1991 and are used primarily for combat search-and-rescue and special operation forces support.

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