Approval has been granted by the US State Department for a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of 17 Boeing CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters. The US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential $1.05 billion deal on March 19.
In addition to the helicopters, which will incorporate customer unique modifications, 12 spare T55-GA-714A engines would be included in the contract, along with 41 embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation systems (EGIs), 54 AN/ARC-231 UHF/VHF radios, 21 AN/ARC-220 HF radios, 21 AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe transponders, and 41 AN/ARC-201D VHF radios.
The DSCA notes that 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, fire-fighting and heavy construction support. The Netherlands will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence, deter regional threats, and provide direct support to coalition and security co-operation efforts.
The CH-47F aircraft will supplement and eventually replace the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF’s) aging fleet of eleven older model CH-47D helicopters. They will join six CH-47Fs already in RNLAF service, which were delivered in 2012. Alan Warnes