Boeing has obtained a $1.15-billion contract for 15 new CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters from the Canadian government. As part of the agreement, Boeing will partner with Canadian companies and issue supplier contracts. Initial support tied to the contract is estimated at more than $500 million, with future investments reaching a potential of $2 billion to the Canadian industry in support of the CH-147 fleet over the next 20 years. Areas of support could include aircraft maintenance, training, engineering and supply chain management.
Mark Kroenberg, vice president of international business development for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, describes the contract as a "win-win" for both parties, adding that it has "created opportunities for new partnerships to further grow our already large supplier base in Canada."
Boeing will manufacture the 15 Chinooks at its Rotorcraft Systems facility in Ridley Township, Pa. They will feature two 4,700-hp Honeywell engines and be capable of transporting 21,000 lbs (9,525 kg) of cargo. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013 and run through 2014.
Meanwhile, Boeing Defence UK conducted the first flight of its Chinook Mk3 in June at the UK Ministry of Defence’s Royal Air Force (RAF) Boscombe Down facility. Boeing’s group of suppliers for the Mk3 reversion program includes QinetiQ and GE Aviation Systems, who are working with RAF to convert eight Mk3s for compatibility with the Royal Air Force fleet of 40 Mk2s. The eight helicopters, which will be based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, are scheduled for delivery from late 2009 through 2010. Defence UK is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.