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South Korea’s Defense Project Promotion Committee endorsed its plan to purchase 18 Boeing CH-47F Chinooks for the South Korean Army earlier this month. The acquisition is being made under Seoul’s Heavy Utility Helicopter-II (HUH-II) project at the cost of US$1.06 billion.
The initial order was rumoured to be for 22 examples, but the number was later reduced for unspecified reasons. Further speculation states that at least a small number of the 18 will be optimised for South Korea’s special forces. The CH-47Fs are due to enter service by 2028.
A statement from Boeing said: “We are pleased to be selected by the ROK to provide our industry-leading and proven CH-47F advanced heavy-lift helicopter. Korea has the world’s third-largest international Chinook fleet, and we are excited to add to its capabilities and continue strengthening our long relationship with the aircraft. We will defer to the USG and DAPA for any additional comment.”