Boeing Wins $4 Billion, Five-Year Chinook Deal

Boeing Wins $4 Billion, Five-Year Chinook Deal

Boeing Co. has won a five-year contract with the U.S. Army for as many as 215 CH-47F Chinook helicopters in a deal potentially valued at more than $4 billion, the company announced.

The service plans to buy at least 177 of the twin-engine, heavy-lift helicopters made by the Chicago-based company, according to a June 11 release. The agreement includes options to increase the quantity to 215. Deliveries are set to begin in 2015.

“This multi-year contract provides unprecedented savings for the U.S. Army and American taxpayers,” Col. Robert Barrie, the Army’s project manager for cargo helicopters, said in the statement. The savings that result from not having to renew the deal on an annual basis were estimated at $800 million.


The Army has 241 CH-47F helicopters in the fleet. The contract will bring the service close to its goal of having an inventory of 464 F-models, a newer version of the aircraft and designed for service through 2030.

The helicopter is the backbone of combat, logistics and humanitarian operations for the Army and other militaries around the world. Some 16 active-duty and National Guard units fly the chopper.

Boeing has invested $130 million to upgrade the Chinook manufacturing plant near Philadelphia in Ridley Park, Pa., according to Chuck Dabundo, vice president of the company’s cargo helicopter programs.

“The Army is benefiting not only from the efficiencies of a multi-year contract but also from the production efficiency gains Boeing and our suppliers have made,” he said in the release.

The Pentagon’s inspector general last week released a summary of a report indicating Boeing overcharged the Defense Logistics Agency on aircraft spare parts. Because the company didn’t maintain “complete cost and pricing data,” the agency said it paid about $13.7 million “in excess of fair and reasonable prices.”

The Army in fiscal 2014, which begins Oct. 1, wants to spend more than $5 billion on aircraft, including 38 CH-47F Chinook, 65 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters made by United Technologies Corp.‘s Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. 19 MQ-1 Gray Eagle drones made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., according to its budget request.

For the remainder of this fiscal year, the Pentagon is seeking permission to shift $9.6 billion to pay for higher-than-expected war costs and other expenses. That includes $306 million from aircraft procurement by reducing funding to build and upgrade AH-64 Apache helicopters made by Boeing, among other programs.

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Well, since the Spartans were ripped from the Army and killed, might as well buy the Chinooks.

And the Navy is buying roughly half the number of V-22s, for 50% more.… Good day for Boeing though.

Good to see Boeing instead of sticken EADS get more contracts.

I guess the MV-22 won’t completely replace the Chinook. It’s a win-win situation for Boeing.

When did anyone every say that the MV-22s were going to replace the CH-47s?
As no unit equipped with Chinooks has ever had them replaced with Ospreys, I’m going to say never.

screw flying in a mv-22 rather fly in a ch-47 any day

Dart — NEVER is correct

The V-22 replaced the CH-46s in the Corps.

I keep seeing people mistaking the CH-46 choppers from the Corps as the CH-47 Chinook. They are indeed the same core design, but looking at the two it should be obvious the Chinook is much, much bigger.

Argh! Why do I keep getting those two mixed up! You’re right. It’s the CH-46 that it’s replacing.

And your point is????????????

The CH-46 was last produce in 1971. He has been upgraded several times since then. Boeing does not have the tooling to produce anymore. The V-22 was picked to replace the CH-46 and EMD was started in the mid 1980’s. It has taken this long to finally start replacing the CH-46 helicopter in the Marines inventory.
Remember anything the Marines purchase has to be able to operate from ships. The CH-47 is too high for the hangers on ships. So the CH-47 could not be operated by the Marines.

Are these new builds or remans?

“Flew in ‘A’ model 47’s in Vietnam”..Amen to that statement. I didn’t like the training where we had to climb the long ladder on one end and go down the ladder on the other end. Glad they gave up on that idea after a couple of days.

Blondie — you are incorrect. Ospreys are taller than CH47’s (22 vs19 ft.). CH47s have been operated from ships. The biggest challenge is powered folding blades which have been developed but not fielded for the CH47. Army doesn’t need powered folding blades the manual ones work fine.

The height you are citing for the V-22 is with the nacelles in the vertical position. When hangared, the aircraft is folded up and matches, or barely exceeds it’s tailfin height, which is under 18 feet.

But, Blondie is still wrong, as a CH-47 will fit into shipboard hangar spaces, as seen here. http://​i215​.photobucket​.com/​a​l​b​u​m​s​/​c​c​2​3​9​/​w​r​i​t​c​hie

Well since we are jumping over mouse turds even stowed the Osprey’s height is over 18′. :)

It’s actually 18.3′ (or 18′ 3.6″)in the stowed position. http://​www​.navair​.navy​.mil/​v​2​2​/​?​f​u​s​e​a​c​t​i​o​n​=​a​i​r​cra

The CH47 height is 18′ 11″.

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