The Turkish Army has increased its order for Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters from ten to 14 aircraft.

A letter of request has been issued to Boeing, and a contract is expected to be signed between the parties by mid-2010 via a US foreign military sales programme.

Ten transport helicopters will be received by the Turkish Army from Boeing under the US foreign military sales programme along with four CH-47Fs that will be equipped with search and rescue equipment to support the army’s special forces operations.

Turkish companies will then manufacture extra equipment including communication, navigation and advanced infrared systems, which will then also be installed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries.