The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has approved the sale of four CH-47F Chinook helicopters to Australia.
The announcement said the Australian Government had requested to purchase four CH-47F helicopters with unique customer modifications; eight T55-GA-714A aircraft turbine engines, five AN / AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS); eight Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS) / Inertial Navigation Systems (INS / EGI) +429; and two EAGLE + 429 Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) / Inertial Navigation Systems (INS / EGI).
“The total estimated value is $ 259 million,” the DSCA notice said.
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It is also noted that this proposed sale of equipment and support will enhance Australia’s ability to meet current and future threats, enhance operational capabilities, strengthen its homeland defense and enhance military cooperation.
In addition, the notification said that this cargo helicopter will be provided from US Army stockpiles.
As noted by Boeing, the CH-47F Chinook is the world’s premier heavy lift cargo helicopter and continues to evolve through the use of cutting-edge technology.
The CH-47 Foxtrot model has been engineered to include improvements designed to make the helicopter more reliable and make it fly longer. The latest version of the helicopter contains new avionics, a redesigned ramp and rear rotor mast, and incorporates new countermeasures against surface-to-air missiles.
The fuselage has been redesigned to be more robust and corrosion resistant. The new version of the CH-47 is also designed to facilitate its preparation for delivery on the fuselage of C-5 or C-17 cargo aircraft. Externally, the CH-47F looks like the CH-47D.