We make a nice chopper in Delaware County. The Royal Air Force just ordered up another 14 Chinooks from the Boeing plant in Ridley Township for a cool $1.64 billion (1 billion pounds Sterling, if you care).
From Boeing's announcement today:
The new-build CH-47 Mark (Mk)-6 Chinooks are part of the MOD's Strategic Helicopter Vision to modernize its helicopter force structure, and will expand the RAF fleet to 60 Chinooks.
"From the Falkland Islands to Iraq and Afghanistan, the RAF has operated Chinooks magnificently for many years in the most demanding environments," said UK Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox. "These additional helicopters will significantly enhance our existing heavy-lift helicopter capability. This fleet will support our frontline troops in current and future operations for decades to come."