US ARMY AWARDS $4 BIL­LION CHI­NOOK CON­TRACT TO BOE­ING

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Boe­ing has been awarded a $4 bil­lion con­tract for de­liv­ery of 177 CH-47F Chi­nook medium-to-heavy-lift helicopters to the US Army. Rep­re­sent­ing a cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to the an­nual con­tracts, the multi-year con­tract also fea­tures op­tions, which if ex­er­cised by Army could in­crease the to­tal num­ber of air­craft to 215. Ex­pected to help the US Govern­ment save more than $800 mil- lion, the con­tract also even­tu­ally brings the Army’s CH-47F to­tal pro­cure­ment close to its in­tended tar­get of 464 air­craft, in­clud­ing 24 units for re­place­ment of peace­time at­tri­tion air­craft. The US Army Cargo Helicopters Pro­ject Man­ager Colonel Robert Bar­rie said the multi-year con­tract pro­vides un­prece­dented sav­ings for the US Army and tax­pay­ers.

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