The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has signed an integrated contractor logistics support (ICLS) contract with Boeing for sustainment and supply of spare parts for its CH-47D/F Chinook and AH-64D Apache helicopters fleet.
The $60m contract, which is based on the number of expected flight hours but not on ordering and stocking parts, is expected to bring significant savings for the RNLAF as well as enhance aircraft availability through the merger of two separate supply chains.
Under the ICLS contract, the company will provide support services both in Netherlands and at Fort Hood in Texas, US, which hosts joint training exercises for RNLAF’s Chinook and Apache air crews and the US Army.
Boeing Rotorcraft Support Global Services & Support vice president Peri Widener said: "The Boeing and RNLAF teams have partnered to create an innovative and integrated program approach which is the first of its type globally for Boeing Rotorcraft.
"This will result in more affordable support solutions and enhanced flight hour readiness of Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47 Chinook and AH-64D Apache helicopters."
Royal Netherlands Air Force commander lieutenant general Alexander Schnitger said the agreement is a long-term partnership between Boeing and the Royal Netherlands Air Force, which will increase the availability of CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters.
Boeing International Rotorcraft Support director John Guasto said: "The Boeing and RNLAF teams worked tirelessly to develop and refine this program to reduce costs and improve reliability."
Powered by two GE T700-701D engines, AH-64 Apache is designed for distributed operations and deep precision strikes against relocatable targets, while CH-47 Chinook is a heavy-lift, high-altitude helicopter used for troop transportation, artillery and cargo supplies, humanitarian, disaster relief, search-and-rescue and fire-fighting missions.
Currently, 29 Apache and 17 Chinook helicopters are used by RNLAF for attack and heavy transport operations.
Image: An AH-64 Apache attack helicopter of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Photo: Courtesy of Neuwieser.