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Netherlands to buy 14 CH-47F Chinook helicopters
Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
09 September 2015

The 14 new helicopters will replace the Netherland's aging CH-47D-model Chinooks, one of which is pictured in Afghanistan in 2003 taking off on a medevac mission. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen
The Netherlands is to order 14 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the United States, Dutch defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has told the House of Representatives.


The Netherlands is to buy 14 more CH-47F Chinooks from Boeing. The country already operates 6 CH-47F (NL) helicopters, one of which is pictured. (IHS/Patrick Allen)

The Netherlands currently operates 17 Chinooks, 11 of the old CH-47D model and six copies of the CH-47F modified for the requirements of the Dutch military. The 14 new CH-47F helicopters will replace these 11 older CH-47Ds and will see the total Dutch Chinook fleet rise from 17 to 20. All the Dutch Chinooks are operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force's 298th Squadron at Gilze-Rijen.

The Netherlands had previously requested to buy 17 CH-47s from the US, according to a US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announcement confirming congressional approval for the proposed sale on 23 March. This proposed sale was valued at USD1.05 billion.

According to Hennis-Plasschaert, the purchase of the 14 CH-47Fs will cost EUR838 million (USD937 million), lower than the Netherlands Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) proposed EUR915 million budget. Although the decision has now been taken to purchase the helicopters, the actual order will not be placed until December in order to take advantage of the economies of scale generated by the US's second multiyear procurement package (MYII) for the CH-47F.
Netherlands to buy 14 CH-47F Chinook helicopters - IHS Jane's 360
 
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