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Wed, 23 June 2021

UK Royal Air Force Orders 14 Extended-Range Chinook Helicopters

The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded Boeing a $599 million Foreign Military Sales contract approved by the U.S. Department of State to deliver 14 extended-range Chinook helicopters to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).

The United Kingdom will be the first international operator of a Block II Chinook.

The extended range Chinook gives the RAF fleet more versatility to execute the domestic and international heavy-lift missions that only the Chinook can facilitate.

The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded Boeing a $599 million Foreign Military Sales contract approved by the U.S. Department of State to deliver 14 extended-range Chinook helicopters to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Click to enlarge.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2026.

The Chinook fleet for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) supports more than 450 highly skilled jobs across the UK. Boeing colleagues provide maintenance and services support at Gosport, MOD Boscombe Down, and are embedded alongside the military at RAF Odiham.

These Chinooks are the future of heavy-lift, built on an existing foundation of advanced capability and life cycle affordability, said Andy Builta, Boeing vice president and H-47 program manager. This contract for Block II aircraft sets the stage for the next 60 years of Chinook excellence on the battlefield.

Boeing and the RAF recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first Chinook delivery to the UK. Boeing will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chinooks first flight later this year.

The company has more than 4,600 employees in Pennsylvania supporting the Chinook, the V-22 Osprey, the MH-139A Grey Wolf and a number of services and engineering efforts. Including suppliers and vendors, Boeings activities support an estimated 16,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. 

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