Australia requests $180m sale of CH-47F aircraft from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of CH-47F Chinook multi-mission helicopter, related equipment and support to Australia.


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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of CH-47F Chinook multi-mission helicopter, related equipment and support to Australia.

Approved by the State Department, the possible sale will include major defence equipment (MDE) such as three CH-47F Chinook helicopters, six T55-GA-714A aircraft turbine engines and three force XXI battle command, brigade and below (FBCB2) / blue force tracker (BFT).

Additionally, the package includes three common missile warning systems (CMWS), three Honeywell H-764 embedded global positioning / inertial navigation systems and three infrared signature suppression systems.

The total estimated value of MDE is $105m, while the total overall estimated value of the sale is $180m.

Australia has also requested the sale of non-MDE that includes AN / APX-123A identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders, defence advanced global positioning system (GPS) receiver (DAGR), AN / ARC-201D SINCGARS airborne radio systems, AN / ARC-220 high frequency airborne communication systems and AN / ARC-231(V)(C) airborne VHF / UHF / LOS Satcom communications systems among others.

"The CH-47F aircraft is expected to enhance the country's heavy lift capability and will be deployed to strengthen its homeland defence and deter regional threats."

Boeing Helicopter Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, will be the principal contractor.

Scheduled to replace Australia's retiring CH-47D aircraft, the CH-47F aircraft is expected to enhance the country's heavy lift capability and will be deployed to strengthen its homeland defence and deter regional threats.

Powered by Honeywell T55-GA-714A engines, the CH-47F Chinook is an upgraded version of the D model, and is used for military, humanitarian, disaster relief, search and rescue, and fire-fighting operations.

It is used by the UK and US armies, as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force.


Image: Soldiers prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook Fox model. Photo: courtesy of Sgt. Michael R. Caya.