Discussions are currently under- way between the Republic of Korea Government (ROKG) and Boeing for an upgrade of the South Korean Chinook helicopter fleet. South Korea is looking at a two-pronged approach to modernize its Chinook fleet, which includes renewal of older helicopters and new buys.
“Both Renew and New Buy will give Korea the CH-47F providing increased capability and sustainability. In particular, a Renew aircraft configuration matching the U.S. Army fleet—maintaining commonality with the U.S. Army F model—increases the opportunity to continue sourcing replacement parts, and lowers operational cost. The Renew configuration allows for update to future Block-II configuration, thus providing the battlefield interoperability required for current joint operations,” Dave Brostrom, Boeing Defense Global Sales & Marketing, Vertical Lift tells Daily News.
The South Korean Armed Forces are the fourth largest H-47 operator with 42 aircraft (after the US, Japan, and the UK), all of them CH-47Ds or D-model variants. These Chinooks includes both standard-range and long-range variants and are operated by the army and air force.
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