The US Army has awarded a new $160m contract to Boeing to continue offering H-47 Chinook rotor blade support.
Under the deal, the company will be committed to providing support to the US Army fleet of 450 H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters deployed across the globe.
Boeing Global Services US Army Services director Kathleen Jolivette said: “The Chinook has proved itself to be critical to the US Army’s wide range of missions, and supply availability is critical to the Chinook’s operational readiness.
“With our demonstrated performance and expertise, we look forward to partnering with our customers on reducing ownership costs and extending blade life for mission success.”
The new performance-based logistics agreement will continue for a period of five years and extend the work that originally started in 2012.
The scope of the project includes continued management of stock availability in addition to the upgrade and modification of all rotor blades for the US Army’s inventory of Chinook aircraft.
Through the contract, Boeing will be responsible for rotor blade maintenance repair and overhaul, in addition to the development of new and modern ways to save blades that would typically be removed from service.
The H-47 Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift aircraft designed to carry out its primary missions of transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel, in addition to humanitarian disaster-relief operations in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.