November 19, 2012
LONGUEUIL, QC—Héroux-Devtek Inc, a manufacturer of aerospace products, has announced that its landing gear products operations have been awarded a multi-year contract from The Boeing Company to manufacture the landing gear for the H-47 Chinook medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter.
Under the terms of the agreement, Héroux-Devtek will fabricate the landing gear for all Chinook aircraft destined to the US Army. Landing gear deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first half of calendar 2014 and will be spread out over five years. Current program expectations call for the delivery of 155 aircraft to the US Army over the contracted period. The contract also includes options to fabricate the landing gear for up to 150 additional aircraft over the same period.
This new long-term contract is the third agreement involving Héroux-Devtek on the H-47 program. The first announcement, in September 2009, was for the fabrication, assembly, testing and delivery of the landing gear for H-47F aircraft delivered to customers outside the US, including the CH-147, as it is known for the Canadian Forces. The second agreement, announced in September 2012, was for a license allowing the Corporation to offer its services to fabricate replacement parts and carry out repair and overhaul services for the landing gear of all Chinook variants.
The H-47F Chinook is a multi-mission, medium-to-heavy-lift transport helicopter. Its primary mission is to move troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Its secondary missions include medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction and civil development.