Spain is to upgrade its 17 Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the latest CH-47F standard, the manufacturer announced in early January.
The work will see the CH-47Ds (designated HT.17 in national service), which the Spanish Army has fielded since the 1980s, fitted with enhancements that include a ‘glass’ cockpit, more powerful engines, the Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS), and the Advanced Cargo Handling System (ACHS).
Deliveries of the upgraded Chinooks to Spain will begin in 2021.
As noted by Boeing, this is the first order from an international customer placed through a contract the company and the US Army signed in July 2018. That contract covers six new F-models for the US and options for up to 150 additional Chinooks for US and international customers.
The contract award comes about nine months after the US State Department approved the potential sale of 17 newbuild CH-47Fs to Spain for USD1.3 billion, a value that covered defensive aids and other equipment and support.
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