Spanish army to get complete helicopter fleet upgrade from Boeing

PHILADELPHIA. Boeing has signed an agreement with the government of Spain to upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the digital automatic flight-control system, common avionics architecture system, and advanced cargo handling. The upgrades will be performed to align Spain's helicopters with those of other nations.

The CH-47F is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter that Boeing officials say can fly at speeds exceeding 175 mph and carry payloads greater than 21,000 pounds.

“The Chinook is a versatile aircraft flown by eight NATO nations, including Spain,” said Chuck Dabundo, vice president, Cargo and Utility Helicopters and H-47 program manager. “With this contract, Spain’s Chinook crews will enjoy the platform’s current technology and capability, while the country gets an affordable upgrade that builds on its existing H-47 investment.”

Deliveries to Spain are expected to begin in 2021.