The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible $1.3bn foreign military sale (FMS) of CH-47F cargo helicopters to Spain.
The potential sale has been requested by the Government of Spain and approved by the US State Department.
Under the proposed deal, Spain has requested to purchase 17 of the CH-47F aircraft with custom modifications, in addition to 21 units of the AN / AAR-57A(V)8 common missile warning system (CMWS), and 42 embedded global positioning system (GPS) inertial navigation systems.
Additional items such as the delivery of mission equipment, hardware and services are required for the implementation of customised modifications, communication and aircraft survivability equipment (ASE).
Also included is navigation equipment, including AN / ARC-231 multi-mode radios, AN/ARC-201D SINCGARS radios, AN / ARC-220 high frequency (HF) radio, Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF), AN / AAR-57A(V)8, and the radar signal detecting set (RSDS), AN / APR-39A(V)1.
The CH-47F helicopters will help enhance Spain’s heavy lift capability to enhance the country’s homeland defence while deterring regional threats.
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Other related logistical and programme support services will also be included in the sale. It will help support the US foreign policy and national security objectives.
Boeing Helicopter Company, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, will serve as the principal contractor for the deal.
Developed by Boeing, the CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that comprises a fully integrated digital cockpit management system, common aviation architecture cockpit, and advanced cargo-handling capabilities.
With a 60ft rotor diameter, the CH-47F aircraft can travel at maximum speed of 302km/h and has a cruise speed of 291km/h.