Up­grade of South Korean Chi­nooks

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Boe­ing and Korean Air have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for up­grad­ing the Chi­nook he­li­copter’s Honey­well T55-L-712 se­ries en­gine to the 714A vari­ant, in­stalling a dig­i­tal glass cock­pit and dig­i­tal flight con­trols, as well as a new elec­tronic war­fare self-de­fence suite for in­creased sur­viv­abil­ity. The up­grade should be com­pleted be­fore 2028. The Korean De­fence and Ac­qui­si­tion Pro­gramme (DAPA) is­sued a re­quest for in­for­ma­tion (ROI) for up­grades to the Repub­lic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and Repub­lic of Korea Army (ROKA) 42-strong Chi­nook fleet in early 2017. The ac­qui­si­tion of new Chi­nooks to ex­pand the fleet is also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. The ROKA re­ceived 18 CH-47Ds be­tween 1988 and 1990 and six CH-47D (LR) long-range ver­sions were de­liv­ered to the ROKA dur­ing 1990. The ROKAF later re­ceived six HH-47D Chi­nooks in 1991.

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