Britain Awards “Urgent” Contract To BAE Systems To Upgrade CH-47 Defenses

by: Matthew Potter
April 15, 2010

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The British Ministry of Defence utilized their urgent operational requirements budget to give BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) a $25 million contract to improve helicopter and aircraft missile defenses. The key aircraft to be equipped and supported will be Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy cargo helicopters so vital to operations in Afghanistan.

The system will be furnished by BAE Systems U.S. side and will also be repaired there if necessary. The system is considered so key that the five year contract requires 100% availability. BAE will have to flow parts to all of the U.K. bases in Afghanistan so that they are on hand.

The terrain, poor road network and IED threat require much of the men and supplies moved by the U.S. and its allies to go by aircraft. The Chinnook’s because of their high load capacity in the high altitude and temperatures of Afghanistan are especially important to this. The U.S.; U.K.; Canada and other nations have be investing in more and upgraded CH-47 over the last five years or so.

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