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Frontiers June 2014 Issue

Frontiers June 2014 23 The vertical edge Boeing’s Vertical Lift business has four major production lines in operation at its two facilities in Mesa, Ariz., and Ridley Township, Pa. In Mesa, the focus is on the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter and the new AH-6i Little Bird attack and reconnaissance helicopter. In Ridley Township, the emphasis is on H-47 Chinook variants, including the CH-47F and Mk6 models, and the V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey. In 2013, Boeing delivered more than 80 Apaches to defense forces worldwide. The U.S. Army took delivery of 55 AH-64E Apaches, raising the total number of E models to more than 100 as of May 2014. Last year, Boeing delivered 58 Chinooks to customers. The U.S. Army took delivery of 46 CH-47Fs, raising the total number of F-models delivered to more than 265; seven CH-147Fs went to Canada; and the first three Mk6 Chinooks were delivered to the United Kingdom, along with the final Chinooks to the Netherlands. In 2013, new international business for the Chinook program included orders from United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Australia. This year, the Chinook program is pursuing additional international business including opportunities in India, the Middle East and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, Boeing and the U.S. Army last year signed a contract to provide new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the Republic of Korea for the first time. The Republic of Korea Army will be the 14th nation to operate Apache helicopters. And the V-22 program is looking toward growth internationally. Several countries, including Israel, have expressed interest in the versatile aircraft. n hal.g.klopper@boeing.com


Frontiers June 2014 Issue
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