Boeing to upgrade Spain's Chinook helicopter fleet

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced it plans to modernize Spain´s entire fleet of 17 CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, the company said.

Boeing will add features such as the digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country´s fleet with those of other nations.

This is the first order from a non-US customer placed through a contract Boeing and the US Army signed in July. That contract covers six new F-models for the US and options for up to 150 more Chinooks for US and international customers. Deliveries to Spain begin in 2021.

The CH-47F is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter. In addition to the US Army and Special Operations Forces, Chinooks are currently in service or under contract with 19 international defense forces.