U.S. Approves Sale of 16 H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) Helicopters to United Kingdom

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 16 H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters to the United Kingdom for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Oct. 19.

The Government of United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of 16 H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters; 36 T-55-GA-714A engines (32 installed, 4 spares); 48 embedded GPS inertial navigation units (32 installed, 16 spares); 20 common missile warning systems (16 installed, 4 spares); 22 radio-frequency countermeasures (16 installed, 6 spares); 19 multi-mode radars (16 installed, 3 spares); 19 electro-optical sensor systems (16 installed, 3 spares); 40 M-134D-T mini­ guns, plus mounts and tools (32 installed, 8 spares); and 40 M240H machine guns, plus mounts and tools (32 installed, 8 spares).

This sale also includes communications equipment; navigation equipment; aircraft survivability equipment; initial training equipment and services; synthetic training equipment; support package including spares and repair parts; special tools and test equipment; aviation ground support equipment; safety and air worthiness certification; technical support; maintenance support; technical and aircrew publications; mission planning system equipment and support; and, project management and governance; U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistic and program support.

The United Kingdom is a close NATO ally of the US and an important partner on critical foreign policy and defense issues. The proposed sale will enhance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by enhancing the United Kingdom’s capabilities to provide national defense and contribute to NATO and coalition operations.

According to the DSCA, the proposed sale will improve the United Kingdom’s ability to meet current and future threats by providing a heavy lift rotary wing capability able to execute missions in extreme environments across a full range of military operations.

The principal contractor of this sale will be Boeing Defense and Space, Ridley Park, PA.

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