Boeing Taps German Manufacturer to Supply Parts for CH-47s

By Matthew Beinart | June 2, 2017
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U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialst 1st Class Chris Williamson photographs a U.S. Army CH-47F helicopter as it lands on the amphibious dock transport ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) during exercise Cobra Gold off the coast of Thailand, Feb 21, 2017. Cobra Gold is the largest theater security cooperation exercise in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and is an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chad M. Butler

A U.S. Army Boeing CH-47F  lands on the amphibious dock transport ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) during exercise Cobra Gold off the coast of Thailand. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Boeing has German-based manufacturing company COTESA to supply components for its fleet of CH-47 Chinooks. The five-year contract is the first Boeing has completed with COTESA.

The German aerospace and automotive composite components supplier is to manufacture parts needed for the external portion of the Chinook helicopter’s tunnel cover section.


“The contract award to COTESA is a testament to the technology potential we see in Germany and another important milestone in our partnership with German industry,” said Michael Arthur, Boeing Europe president.

The contract is meant to integrate COTESA into Boeing’s established German supply chain system. Boeing already has 600 employees in the country and in 2016 spent almost $1.3 billion with more than 100 suppliers in Germany.

Boeing has built more than 900 CH-47 Chinooks and supplies them to 19 countries, including eight NATO nations, including the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The helicopters, first produced in 1962, are among the fastest heavy-lifters available and are used for troop deployment and disaster relief.

The new partnership will place a focus on COTESA’s specialty in producing carbon fiber reinforced polymer components and glass fiber reinforced plastic structures.

Boeing declined to disclose the value of the contract.

This article originally appeared on Defense Daily. It has been edited.

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