The US Army has awarded Boeing a contract for the delivery of 12 new CH-47F Chinooks for the Egyptian Air Force.
The $426 million foreign military sale follows the US State Department approval for the sale of the helicopters to Egypt. Back in May last year, the sale approval for a total of 23 CH-47F Chinooks included navigation and missile warning systems, machine guns, radar warning receivers and other items, such as Bambi fire buckets, fast rope insertion extraction systems (FRIES), and extended range fuel systems.
Receiving the first 12 Chinooks under this contract will allow Egypt to replace its fleet of CH-47D aircraft with the modern F model, and benefit from its multi-mission capabilities.
“The F-model aircraft will enhance Egypt’s Chinook capabilities and help effectively accomplish its heavy-lift objectives,” said Ken Eland, vice president and H-47 program manager. “Boeing’s partnership with the Egyptian Air Force remains strong as we continue to work together to modernize their fleet.”
The CH-47F is a heavy-lift helicopter used by the US Army and international defense forces. It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system compatible with Common Avionics Architecture System. The CH-47F also features an enhanced self-protection suite and satellite communication (SATCOM) system.
“Boeing is committed to supporting the defense modernization mission of the Egyptian armed forces and ensuring the best capability for Egypt’s national defense and security,” added Vince Logsdon, vice president, Boeing International Business Development.