Boeing to supply 14 Chinook helicopters to the RAF

Boeing has received a $1.64bn (£1bn) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide 14 new CH-47 Chinook helicopters to the Royal Air Force.

The contract includes associated support for the first five years to the Royal Air Force.

According to Boeing, the new-build CH-47 Mark (Mk)-6 Chinooks are part of the MoD’s Strategic Helicopter Vision to modernise its helicopter force and will expand the RAF fleet to 60 Chinooks.

The new aircraft will be produced at Boeing’s recently renovated Ridley Township facility near Philadelphia and are scheduled for delivery from 2013 through 2015.