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2020-05-03

Boeing Delivers First Chinook to The Netherlands

Boeing recently delivered the first CH-47F Chinook with an upgraded cockpit to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The RNLAF will operate a fleet of 20 CH-47F Chinooks, the newest configuration in use by countries around the world.
 
Andy Builta, vice president of Cargo & Utility Helicopters and H-47 programme manager said: “I want to thank our phenomenal team for working hard during a difficult situation to safely deliver these aircraft. This is a reminder to all of us of how important Chinooks are to our customers.”
 
The 20 CH-47F Chinooks will be a fleet equipped with the same state-of-the-art technology as the U.S. 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.
Col. Koen van Gogh, Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation said: “The Chinook helicopter is a vital asset for our missions and the in-time delivery certainly supports our operational planning.”
 
Deliveries to the RNLAF are expected to continue into 2021. Chinooks are currently in service or under contract with 20 international defence forces, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Forces and eight NATO member nations.
 

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