19-Oct-2011 Source: Forecast International
Honeywell’s T55 turboshaft production continues for its sole application, Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook. Boeing biggest customer for the CH-47 is the U.S. Army who is upgrading its Chinook fleet from the D to the F standard. The current requirement is set at 464 aircraft with a mix of new-build and remanufactured airframes. The army is also buying MH-47Gs and will eventually have a fleet of 69 of the type. These will be remanufactured helicopters although some could be new production.
Boeing has seen increasing interest in the Chinook from militaries outside the U.S. Seven countries, including the Netherlands, UAE, Italy, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and Turkey have signed deals for CH-47s since late 2009. Additional opportunities are numerous for further CH-47F export sales. Several countries have displayed interest in the helicopter, including Egypt, Germany, India, Morocco, Pakistan, and South Africa.
The HH-47 variant was selected by the USAF in 2006 for the Combat Search and Rescue-X program (CSAR-X) to replace the 112 HH-60G Pave Hawks currently in service. After protests from Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin the Air Force ultimately terminated the contract. The new program has been designated as the HH-60 Personnel Recovery Recapitalization Program, and Boeing is again proposing a CH-47 variant.