RAF FAIRFORD, Gloucestershire, the UK (BulgarianMilitary.com), 17 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Boeing/The photo shows the signing of the contract for sustainment services for AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters between the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Boeing at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 14th July 2018.
Boeing will sustain AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF). The contract for sustainment and spare parts was concluded on 14th July 2018 and signed by Torbjorn (Turbo) Sjogren, vice president of International Government Services for Boeing Global Services, and Lieutenant General Dennis Luyt, Commander of the RNAF at the world’s largest military air show Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Luyt commented, “The strategic cooperation between the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Boeing is very important, and with the combined helicopter support from Boeing we enter into a next phase. In this phase we need to stretch ourselves as a joint team to be innovative to meet the demanding requirements of adequate and affordable support for the transition into a fifth generation Royal Netherlands Air Force with current, upgraded and new Boeing helicopters being part of it.”
Under the performance-based logistics agreement, the contract value of which has not been revealed, it will be provided sustainment, repair and overhaul services to the RNAF’s fleet of twenty-eight AH-64Ds Apaches, and eleven CH-47Ds and six CH-47Fs Chinooks. The contract also involves preliminary purchases of materials, Apache fleet obsolescence support and a modification program for the CH-47D Chinooks transition to F version as reported in a statement by Boeing.
Boeing Global Services – the third major business unit of the company – was launched on 1st July 2017 for the purposes of optimizing the sustainment services across all business areas of the company.
In regard to that Sjogren said, “Frankly, we think there’s a lot of headroom in this area. Our services business is an area that obviously we have invested in and we continue to invest. We’re still finding those areas where we can bring that synergy to bear. But it has, however been a very strong first year. We’re looking for growth going forward.”
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