Boeing awarded production contract for new RAF Chinooks

Boeing has received a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to provide 14 new H-47 Extended Range (ER) Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The delivery order, valued at US$580.59m, was awarded to the US-based manufacturer on June 22 by US Special Operations Command. The deal is a modification to an earlier order and exercises a previously negotiated option under an existing basic ordering agreement on delivery orders. The contract is expected to be completed by July 2026. The helicopters are the Block II variant of the CH-47 family, which means the UK will become the first international operator of this Chinook standard.

Chinook HC6A 40th Anniversary of Ops scheme [MoD Crown Copyright/SAC Charlotte Hopkins]
This year the RAF is celebrating 40 years of Chinook operations and to mark the occasion painted Chinook HC6A ZD984 in a special colour scheme. It is seen here on a sortie near its base at RAF Odiham, Hampshire, on May 5, shortly after being unveiled in its new colours. MoD Crown Copyright/SAC Charlotte Hopkins

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