AgustaWestland2007-02-07 09:23:59

Boeing and AgustaWestland Sign MOU for Joint Rotorcraft Work

The Boeing Company and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for joint work on the next - generation Chinook for the Italian Army and other future rotorcraft opportunities.

Specifically, the MOU between the Rotorcraft Division of Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems and AgustaWestland, identifies potential opportunities for both companies to work together to offer effective and economic joint solutions for future heavy lift rotorcraft requirements that will result in direct benefit to their customers. Initially, the MOU teams Boeing and AgustaWestland to jointly market the CH-47F aircraft as the replacement for the current Italian Army Chinook fleet.

Additionally, the two companies have agreed that on future opportunities for new helicopter sales in Italy and the U.K., AgustaWestland will serve as the prime contractor and Boeing will serve as the exclusive prime subcontractor.
"This MOU is a continuation of our long standing relationship with AgustaWestland and provides us the architecture to jointly offer the next generation Chinook, the CH-47F, to the Italian Army as a replacement for their current CH-47C model aircraft,� said Michael Tkach, vice president and general manager for Boeing's Rotorcraft Division. "We look forward to working together in equipping the Italian Army with the world's most versatile and effective transport helicopter, the CH-47F.�

"This MOU with Boeing marks the next step in the long and successful collaboration between the two companies. It will also allow us to strengthen our long-lasting relationship as the CH-47 supplier for the Italian Army" said Giuseppe Orsi, AgustaWestland CEO.

The CH-47F Chinook features a new airframe, improved flight controls, advanced avionics and communications capability as well as advanced survivability measures and transportability features. The aircraft is currently in production and deliveries to the U.S. Army began in December 2006.
The Italian Army fleet of Chinooks is currently used for peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, disaster relief and firefighting missions demonstrating the unique versatility and multi-mission capability of this helicopter.

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