Military

Spain to get 17 Boeing CH-47Fs

By Matthew Beinart | April 5, 2018

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter with 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade maneuvers to pick up an M119A3 howitzer during sling load operations on Fort Bragg, N.C., May 4. Sling loading artillery pieces allow the artillery commander to place artillery equipment at a better location to provide ground forces with artillery support. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Galimore)

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter with 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade maneuvers to pick up an M119A3 howitzer during sling load operations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army

Spain has purchased 17 Boeing CH-47F cargo helicopters with modifications for $1.3 billion, according to a U.S. State Department notice.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale April 4.

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Modifications for the CH-47F helicopters include 21 Common Missile Warning System AN/AAR-57A(V)8 and 42 embedded global positioning system inertial navigation system.

Under the deal, Spain also requested AN/ARC-231 multi-mode radios, AN/ARC-201D SINCGARS radios and AN/ARC-220 high frequency radios.

“The proposed sale of the CH-47F aircraft will improve Spain's heavy lift capability. Spain will use this enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats,” DSCA said in a statement.

This article was originally published at sister publication Defense Daily.

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