Additional CH-47F Chinooks for Turkish Land Forces

Boeing Co was awarded an $131,264,061 Foreign Military Sales contract by US Army Contracting Command on September 14 for the provision of CH-47F helicopters to Turkey. Estimated contract completion date was given as December 31, 2020.

Although the number involved was not announced, at a committee meeting of Turkey’s SSM (Undersecretariat for Defence Industries) on January 7 this year, approval was granted for the purchase of five CH-47Fs for the Turkish Land Forces . Turkey had been planning a CH-47F buy for many years, but had been thwarted for some time by insufficient funding in the defence budget to go ahead with their acquisition.

A Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) was finally signed with the US Government on July 9, 2010, for purchase of six CH-47Fs. The previously stated total requirement had been for 14 of the type, but there was only sufficient finance to cover an initial six. As part of a $3.4 billion US Army multi-year CH-47F production contract awarded to Boeing on June 17, 2013, an unspecified amount of the funding was allocated to support FMS helicopters for Turkey. This presumably covered the six for which the LOA had been signed earlier.

Assuming the latest deal covers all of the five of the additional helicopters for which funding has now been approved, this will bring the total Turkish Land Forces CH-47F fleet to eleven. This is still three short of the original requirement, but it is unclear whether or not these will be purchased at a later date, if funds permit. Alan Warnes