The U.S. Department of State approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of 16 H-47 Chinook helicopters to the United Kingdom (UK), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency confirmed October 20.
The UK government requested 16 H-47 Chinook Extended Range helicopters to provide a heavy lift rotary wing capability in order to manage its missions in extreme environments across a full range of military operations
The proposed sale includes 36 installed and spare T-55-GA-714A engines, 48 GPS units, 20 common missile warning systems and additional equipment, spares and support.
The UK has also ordered 40 M-134D-T mini guns and 40 M240H machine guns.
The UK’s request also includes mission planning equipment and support, project management, technical and maintenance support, and U.S. government and contractor engineering and logistics support services.
Boeing is the principal contractor and implementer of the proposed sale.