Boeing has awarded a contract to Germany-based mechanical engineering firm COTESA for the production of major components for the H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

Under the terms of the deal, COTESA will develop portions of the Chinook tunnel cover section, which is a honeycomb-like core that makes up parts of the helicopter’s external skin, for the Chinook fleet worldwide.

With the signing of the agreement, COTESA is joining Boeing’s already established supply chain in the European country, along with its global supply chain of more than 20,000 suppliers and partners worldwide.

Boeing Defence, Space and Security Vertical Lift Programmes Germany director Michael Hostetter said: “We are committed to bringing opportunities to German companies from across the Boeing enterprise and will continue to strive to bring the best of Boeing to industry and the best of industry back into Boeing.

"COTESA’s expertise will support our efforts to enhance the Chinook helicopter and deliver top-quality, cost-effective solutions to our customers."

“As a leading production facility for specialty composite parts, COTESA’s expertise will support our efforts to enhance the Chinook helicopter and deliver top-quality, cost-effective solutions to our customers.”

To date, Boeing has supplied more than 900 H-47 Chinook helicopters worldwide.

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The helicopters facilitate increased interoperability between NATO nations during joint training and deployment operations throughout the world.

Hostetter added: “The Chinook is an industry-leading platform and a critical platform for the armed forces of 19 countries around the world.

“It's proven ability to meet mission requirements, including humanitarian and disaster-relief operations, makes it even more important for us to continuously bring the best of industry to the platform – and that’s the case with COTESA.”

The aircraft is also in operation with eight Nato nations, Canada, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US.