The February 2007 Dutch CH-47F Chinook Deal, Explained

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Dutch CH-47D, Afghanistan(click to view full) Back in October 2006, “Dutch Looking to Field 20 CH-47F Chinooks for $652M” covered a mixed new-build and upgrade order to expand their Chinook heavy-lift helicopter fleet. Recent Boeing and MvD releases and Dutch news reports, however, have referred to only 6 new-build CH-47Fs and associated spares and support. Cost? EUR 389.5 million (currently about $509 million). Why the discrepancy? What’s going on? And how do these aircraft differ from the CH-47Fs the USA is ordering? DID has explanations, with help from Dutch Parliamentary documents and translation/ background provided by our readers… The Recent Contract: Details Dutch CH-47D & F-16(click to view full) On February 2, 2007, thea Dutch MvD/MINDEF release stated their intention to acquire 6 CH-47F helicopters, including all avionics, Honeywell T55-L-714A turbine engines, et. al. A subsequent February 15, 2007 Boeing release confirmed those numbers. Two of the new CH-47Fs are meant to replace previously lost Chinooks, whilst the other 4 augment the fleet and bring it up to a total of 17 CH-47s (all versions). The RNLAF Chinook fleet serves with 298 Squadron based at Soesterberg Air Force Base Their new CH-47F (NL) helicopters will have have “special forces preparations,” […]

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