The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of CH-47D Chinook helicopters and associated equipment to Greece.
Under the estimated $150m sale, Greece has requested ten CH-47D model Chinook helicopters and 23 T55-GA-714A engines, including 20 installed and three spares, 12 AN / AAR-57 common missile warning system, 12 AN / ARC-220 high frequency radios, and 12 AN / ARC-186 very-high-frequency AM / FM radios.
The package also includes 12 AN / ARC-164 ultra-high frequency-AM, 12 AN / ARN 123 VOR ILS marker beacons, AN / ARN-89 or AN / ARN-149 direction finder sets, AN / ASN-128 doppler / global positioning system navigation sets, AN / ARC-201D or AN / ARC-201E VHF FM homing radios, AN / APX-118 transponders, AN / APR-39A(V)1 radar signal detecting sets, and three AN / APX-118A transponders.
Greece has also requested mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, maintenance work orders / engineering change proposals, aircraft hardware and software support, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, as well as other related elements of logistics and programme support.
The proposed sale is expected to contribute to defence and security aims of both countries, by ensuring greater stability in the Balkans and the Levant regions with critical helicopter-lift capability.
Approved by the US Department of State, the sale will facilitate greater interoperability of Greek systems, both bilaterally and within Nato.
The FMS programme will not have a prime contractor, as all helicopters and systems will be supplied from US Army stock.
Manufactured by Boeing, the Chinook CH-47D is a tandem-rotor, heavy-transport lift helicopter designed to transport troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment.
The helicopter, which is already operational with the Hellenic Army, can also be used for medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery and parachute drops, as well as fire-fighting missions in all weather conditions.
Image: A CH-47D Chinook helicopter displayed at the 2008 HAF air show at Tanagra airbase, Greece. Photo: courtesy of stg_gr1.