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Seoul approves plan to purchase new Chinooks

20th July 2022 - 02:53 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


South Korea’s military needs to replace older Chinook helicopters like this CH-47D, and the solution will be new CH-47Fs from Boeing. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

South Korea has given a green light to buy new Chinooks, while KAI prepares to start series production of the LAH and researches a new high-speed helicopter design.

On 15 July, the Defense Project Promotion Committee in South Korea endorsed a plan to procure new Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters to replace older Chinooks already in service.

The future purchase, anticipated to cost KRW1.4 trillion ($1.06 billion), will fall under the Heavy-lift Helicopter-II programme.

Once an order is eventually lodged, the new CH-47Fs are expected to be delivered by 2028. South Korean defence officials mentioned no numbers, but Shephard previously reported that up to 22 CH-47Fs are required.

Of these, ten could be MH-47 special operations variants.

The Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) already operates a fleet of 43

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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