Greece approved to buy 5 more US Army CH-47D Chinook helicopters

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Greece approved to buy 5 more US Army CH-47D Chinook helicopters
The US State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece for five CH-47D Chinook heav-lift helicopters for an estimated cost of $80 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on April 28, 2017.
A Hellenic Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter
(Credit: Hellenic Army)
The Government of Greece requested the possible sale of five CH-47D helicopters, seven Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) (one for each aircraft plus two spares), and twelve T55-GA-714A turbine engines (two for each aircraft plus two spares). Also included are mission equipment, communications and navigation equipment, ground support equipment, special tools and test equipment, spares, publications, Maintenance Work Order/Engineering Change Proposals (MWO/ECPs), technical support, and training, and other associated support equipment and services. The total estimated cost is $80 million.

"Greece intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces by increasing its rotary-wing transport capability. This will contribute to the Greek military’s goal to upgrade its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between Greece, the U.S. and other allies," the DSCA said.

There is no principal contractor as the systems will be coming from U.S. Army stocks.

As of February 2017, the Hellenic Army flies a fleet of 21 CH-47D Chinook helicopters, among them seven were purchased in 1999 through the Foreign Military Sales program.