RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Boeing reports that renovation of its Chinook helicopter production line in Pennsylvania is nearing completion.
The announcement, which didn't specify a completion date for the $130 million in renovations, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the company having delivered its first H-47 aircraft.
"The Chinook has served as the backbone of U.S. Army aviation since the Vietnam era, revolutionizing how we move troops and supplies in combat, and save lives and deliver aid in times of need," Boeing quoted Col. Bob Marion, U.S. Army Cargo Helicopter program manager as saying.
"The latest F-model has ushered in a new era of heavy-lift capability for the U.S. Army. With continued technology insertions, I fully expect that 50 years from now there will be a centennial celebration for Chinooks still in service."
Since 1962, Boeing has delivered more than 1,200 Chinooks to some 18 countries. More than 800 of those are still in operation. Nearly 60 Chinooks are scheduled for delivery this year and Boeing has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Army for 155 CH-47Fs, with deliveries to begin in 2015.
"Chinook is Boeing's longest continuously running production program and it's in greater demand today than ever before," said Leanne Caret, vice president, Vertical Lift and H-47 Programs.
"Chinooks are being delivered on schedule and operating at a higher rate than any time in history, thanks to our team's innovation, efficiency and focus on meeting our customers' needs."
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