Boeing has announced it has delivered the first of 20 new CH-47F Chinooks to the Royal Netherlands Air Force from Boeing´s Philadelphia production facility, the company said.
The CH-47F Chinook, with an upgraded cockpit, continues a track record of on-time deliveries to customers. The RNLAF will operate a fleet of 20 CH-47F Chinooks, the newest configuration in use by countries around the world.
The 20 CH-47F Chinooks will be a fleet equipped with the same state-of-the-art technology as the US Army, including digital automatic flight controls, a fully-integrated Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) glass cockpit, and advanced cargo handling capabilities. The common configuration leads to lower overall life cycle costs.
The RNLAF currently flies a mix of F-model Chinooks with the Advanced Cockpit Management System (ACMS) and CH-47D Chinooks.
Deliveries to the RNLAF are expected to continue into 2021. Chinooks are currently in service or under contract with 20 international defense forces, including the US Army, US Special Operations Forces and eight NATO member nations.
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