Dutch defence deal

Boeing today signed a direct commercial sales agreement with the Defence Materiel Organization of the Dutch Ministry of Defence for six new-build CH-47F (NL) Chinook helicopters.

The agreement, which marks the first international sale of the CH-47F, provides for non-recurring development, production and post-delivery aircraft support.

The Netherlands unique version of the US Army CH-47F will include a next-generation Honeywell Avionics Control and Management System (ACMS) cockpit avionics suite, an integrated forward-looking infrared capability and several other newly developed multi-mission features.

According to the agreement, aircraft deliveries will occur between July 2009 and January 2010.

In addition to the new ACMS cockpit, the aircraft will feature next-generation, improved situational awareness and survivability features, special operations equipment and a modernized airframe.

The RNLAF Chinook fleet serves with the 298 Squadron based at Soesterberg Air Force Base and supports the Dutch Air Mobile Brigade, NATO and United Nations operations.