Boeing has received a contract to continue its support for the repair and overhaul of the US Army’s AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

The $238m, five-year contract includes a base year and four one-year options. The deal extends the company’s existing public-private partnership with the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD).

Signed in 2004, the public-private agreement supports the overhaul of complex parts for Apaches and Chinooks, while providing the army with direct access to Boeing’s expertise in platform service and supply networks.

Boeing Rotorcraft Support vice-president and programme manager Tim Sassenrath said: "Our partnership at Corpus Christi Army Depot allows Boeing and the army to bring the best of both government and industry to aircraft readiness and availability.

"Together we have seen successful improvements in affordability, repair turnaround time, and surplus inventory, and we look forward to continuing our successful legacy with the depot."

"We have seen successful improvements in affordability, repair turnaround time, and surplus inventory."

CCAD Boeing site lead and programme manager Lisa Stuart said: "Having employees at the depot working with army maintenance personnel gives Boeing unique agility and flexibility in helping our customers meet their fast-paced mission requirements.

"From routine maintenance support to unscheduled repairs of battle-damaged aircraft, we both benefit from the partnership."

The public-private partnership is primarily focused on ensuring aircraft readiness and availability by supporting the overhaul of complex parts, such as transmissions and gear boxes serviced at the depot.

Working side-by-side with CCAD personnel, Boeing employees provide technical, engineering, and logistics support services, as well as managing component spares and airframe support.

During the past ten years until 2014, the partnership is claimed to have decreased surplus inventory from $90m to less than $30m, while improving depot throughput by 50%.

Image: A US CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops off troops, vehicles and additional supplies in South Korea. Photo: courtesy of UNC – CFC – USFK.