Boeing delivers 20th CH-47F Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

With Boeing’s 20th CH-47F delivery to the RNLAF the country’s fleet updates are complete ©Fred Trolio

Boeing has delivered the 20th CH-47F Chinook to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), concluding the country’s latest fleet update.

“Our continuing partnership with the Royal Netherlands Air Force exemplifies the value of a modern and versatile Chinook fleet,” said Ken Eland, Vice President and H-47 programme manager. “These state-of-the art aircraft will significantly improve its defense and humanitarian assistance capabilities.”

The Netherlands is one of eight NATO countries to operate the Chinook and has fielded the aircraft continuously since receiving its first CH-47D models in 1995. In 2016, the RNLAF purchased 14 new CH-47F Chinooks through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales programme. In 2017, the RNLAF signed an agreement to upgrade its remaining six D-model Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for its entire 20-aircraft fleet.

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