More than a combat workhorse, the Boeing CH-47 Chinook also protects the UK public through disaster relief, COVID-19 response, and more.
Boeing gains Apache Guardian contract modification
The US DoD announced on 17 June that Boeing has been awarded a $32.58 million contract modification to ‘incorporate a directed change order’ for the remanufacture of 12 AH-64E Apache Guardian aircraft and ‘six-part numbers for the tail rotor blades’.
Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of 1 October 2024, the DoD added.
US Army Contracting Command issued the original Lot 7 production contract for AH-64E in March 2016.
The FY2022 budget request from the DoD includes $696 million for advance procurement and full-rate production of AH-64E Apache Block IIIA remanufactured helicopters, plus $118 million for other Apache modifications.
Over the past 40 years, the helicopter known as Bravo November has become symbolic of the qualities of the CH-47 Chinook, earning itself the nickname The Survivor along the way.
For those in the UK's CH-47 Chinook community, the answer is always two Chinooks - no matter what the question is.
The three additional MH-60R helicopters have been ordered as replacement-in-kind aircraft.
European-built helicopters have an unenviably poor reputation in the ADF, a sentiment exacerbated by the latest grounding of the MRH90.
MD Helicopters has been awarded two independent contract awards worth $43.9 million from the US Army to conduct work in Afghanistan.