Boeing and the U.S. Army have signed a $136 million contract for the manufacture and delivery of the first CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters.
The Army exercised options for four contracted CH-47F Block II Chinooks with delivery scheduled to begin in 2023. Separately, the Army awarded Boeing a $29 million advanced procurement contract for the second production lot of CH-47F Block II aircraft.
The CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift advanced multi-mission helicopter designed to conduct troop movement, artillery positioning and battlefield resupply missions.
The Block II Chinook features multiple upgrades aimed at providing additional lift capability and increasing commonality between U.S. and allied fleets, reducing maintenance costs.
“This is a big step in Chinook modernization, supporting the Army’s future multi-domain vision,” said Andy Builta, vice president of Cargo & Utility Helicopters and H-47 program manager.
“The Block II technologies will drive commonality across the fleet and enable our soldiers to return home safely for decades.”