USD1.05 billion Chinook sale to the Netherlands

The US government has approved the sale of 17 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopters to the Netherlands for USD1.05 billion.

The proposed sale, which was approved by the State Department on 19 March and announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 23 March, covers customer-unique modified helicopters, as well as ancillary equipment, support, and training.

Specifically, the notification lists the equipment as 46 T55-GA-714A Aircraft Turbine Engines with Hydro-Mechanical Assembly (34 installed and 12 spares), 41 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGIs), 54 AN/ARC-231 Ultra High Frequency/Very High Frequency Radios, 21 AN/ARC-220 High Frequency Radios, 21 AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe Transponders, and 41 AN/ARC-201D Very High Frequency Radios.

According to the DSCA, the proposed sale of CH-47F aircraft will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future requirements for troop movement, medical evacuation, aircraft recovery, parachute drop, search and rescue, disaster relief, firefighting, and heavy construction support.

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