Boeing awarded $308 million for Dutch Chinooks


WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) — Boeing has been awarded an additional $308 million contract to build 12 CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Dutch military.

Funding for the new helicopters comes as a modification to an existing foreign military sales contract with the Netherlands, according to a Defense Department announcement.

Work will be done at Boeing’s facility in Ridley Township, Penn. Deliveries are expected to be completed this month, according to the announcement. Officials at the U.S. Army’s Contracting Command will oversee the program.

The contract modification comes days after Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security reached a pact to supply the Dutch military with missile launch detection systems to protect F-16 fighters and NH-90 helicopters.

The MILDS F to be delivered operates in the solar-blind UV spectrum and is not subject to the limitations of other warning technologies. It features high resolution sensors combined with rapid processing for rapid threat identification, plus the ability to detect small arms fire.

The system is outfitted on F-16 fighters of the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Royal Danish Air Force.


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