Boeing submits Chinook multi-year contract proposal to US Army
Boeing has submitted a proposal to the US Army for a multi-year contract for the production and delivery of 155 CH-47F helicopters.
The H-47 programme is halfway through its first multi-year contract, awarded in August 2008, for 191 CH-47F Chinook aircraft, which was originally valued at $4.3 billion.
In a statement on 4 November, the company said a second five-year, firm fixed-price proposal would provide the army with ‘close to the full complement’ of 464 Chinooks outlined in the Department of Defense programme of record for the CH-47F helicopter and yield ‘double-digit percentage savings’ over a single-year procurement strategy.
'This second multi-year contract proposal will provide not only the vertical lift capability that warfighters use and need every day, but also will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers and the US government,' said Leanne Caret, Boeing vice president for H-47 programmes.
'With this contract Boeing, and its partners in more than 45 states, will be able to negotiate longer-term agreements with suppliers, make necessary investments in production tooling and processes, and more effectively plan for capital expenditures.'
Since completing the first CH-47F production aircraft in August 2006, Boeing has trained and equipped eight US Army units and is in the process of equipping the ninth. Six units have completed deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the helicopter has logged nearly 70,000 flight hours and maintained an operational readiness rate of over 85% conducting air assault, transport, medical evacuations and support operations, according to the company.
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