Boeing has delivered the 20th CH-47F Chinook to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, completing the country’s latest fleet update.
“Our continued partnership with the Royal Netherlands Air Force exemplifies the value of a modern, versatile Chinook fleet,” said Ken Eland, vice president and H-47 program manager. “These state-of-the-art aircraft will significantly improve their defense and humanitarian assistance capabilities.”
The Netherlands is one of eight NATO nations to operate the Chinook and has deployed the aircraft continuously since receiving its first CH-47D models in 1995. In 2016 the RNLAF purchased 14 new CH -47F Chinook through the US Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. . In 2017, the RNLAF signed an agreement to upgrade its six remaining D-model Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring systems commonality for their entire fleet of 20 aircraft.
“This is an important milestone for us. We have newer radios and equipment that help our pilots perform better in different environments than we already do,” said LTC Wil van Rijn, Chinook Senior System Integrator. , Dutch Ministry of Defence.
The CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter containing a fully integrated digital cockpit management system compatible with the common avionics architecture system. Its advanced cargo handling capabilities further complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.