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Boeing to upgrade RNLAF Chinooks

19th December 2017 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Boeing will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration under an agreement with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the company announced on 14 December.

The upgrade will ensure commonality of systems for the RNLAF’s entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks, improving operational effectiveness, maintenance and affordability. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2021.

A key feature of the work includes integrating the common avionics architecture system cockpit with an integrated Digital Automatic Flight Control System. The common avionics architecture system, which aligns with the US Army and other allies, will improve interoperability, flight-handling characteristics and the long term sustainability of the helicopter.

Colonel Koen van Gogh, the Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation project leader, said: ‘Ever since their introduction in the mid-1990s, the Chinooks have been continuously involved in almost all of our missions abroad, but also in disaster relief operations and in domestic support. A true versatile workhorse of our defense organisation.’

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