The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 17 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to Spain.
The sale, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 April, is valued at USD1.3 billion and covers the latest variant of the Chinook, as well as defensive aids and other equipment and support.
With the deal now approved by the US government, it must now go before Congress before being signed-off.
Once in service, the CH-47Fs will replace the 17 CH-47Ds (designated HT.17 in national service) that the Spanish Army has fielded since the 1980s. The enhancements that turn a CH-47D into a CH-47F include a 'glass' cockpit, more powerful engines, and the Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS).
To date, Boeing has delivered more than 900 H-47 Chinook helicopters of all variants, and the platform is on order or operated by 20 countries including the eight NATO nations of Canada, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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