Boeing has announced a $370 million contract to produce 14 CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the US Army, including seven destined for the ADF under a previously announced Foreign Military Sales agreement.
Six of the other Chinooks will be sold to the United Arab Emirates while one will be kept by the US.
Australia expects to begin replacing its fleet of CH-47D Chinooks with the newer model in 2014, with all seven CH-47Fs in service by 2017.
The contract brings Boeing’s Chinook backlog to more than 200 aircraft, but the company said it was well positioned to meet the demand. Boeing is at the midpoint of a multiyear $4.3 billion contract from the US military for 191 CH-47Fs and last year submitted a follow-on proposal for an additional 147 aircraft.
In December, Australia purchased two additional CH-47D Chinooks, bringing its current fleet to seven aircraft.