In this exclusive interview, Defense Arabia speaks with Rick Lemaster, International Business Development leader for Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey Global Sales & Marketing Defense, Space & Security at Boeing, about the company’s latest defense contract to supply the Egyptian Air Force with CH-47F Chinook helicopters.
Lemaster provides an overview of the capabilities and features of the CH-47F, as well as its upgrades and improvements over the previous CH-47D model.
He also delves into the role that Boeing played in the foreign military sale, the advanced cargo-handling capability of the helicopter, and how this contract fits into the company’s long-standing partnership with the Egyptian Air Force.
Additionally, Lemaster shares insights on Boeing’s commitment to sustainability and innovation in the aerospace industry, and the other products and services that the company offers customers in the Middle East.
Join us as we gain a deeper understanding of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter and its role in enhancing the Egyptian Air Force’s mission performance.
- Can you provide an overview of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter and its capabilities?
The CH-47F Chinook is a heavy-lift helicopter designed for transport, cargo handling, and aerial delivery. It is powered by two turboshaft engines and has a maximum speed of about 170 knots (196 mph). The CH-47F has a range of 400 nautical miles and can operate at high altitudes and in hot, dry conditions. It has a spacious, versatile cargo compartment that can be configured for various missions, including the transportation of troops, equipment, and supplies.
- How does the CH-47F compare to the CH-47D model it is replacing in the Egyptian Air Force?
The CH-47F is an upgraded version of the CH-47D model, which it is replacing in the Egyptian Air Force. The CH-47F features improved engines, a digital cockpit management system, and a Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS). These enhancements provide the CH-47F with improved performance, reliability, maintainability, situational awareness, and safety.
- What role did Boeing play in the foreign military sale of the CH-47F helicopters to the Egyptian Air Force?
Boeing played a vital role in the foreign military sale of the CH-47F helicopters to the Egyptian Air Force. The company worked closely with the U.S. government and the Egyptian Air Force to finalize the contract and ensure that the helicopters met the customer’s specific requirements.
- Can you discuss the digital cockpit management system and Common Avionics Architecture System included in the CH-47F?
The digital cockpit management system and CAAS included in the CH-47F are designed to improve the helicopter’s mission performance and efficiency. The digital cockpit management system provides the pilots with real-time information about the helicopter’s systems and performance. At the same time, it integrates all of the avionics and flight control systems into a single, open architecture. This allows more accessible updates and maintenance and increased interoperability with other military systems.
- How does the advanced cargo-handling capability of the CH-47F enhance its mission performance?
The advanced cargo-handling capability of the CH-47F enhances its mission performance by allowing it to quickly and efficiently load, transport, and unload a wide range of cargo. This capability is also enhanced by the ability to quickly convert between various cargo or troop mission configurations, providing real time mission flexibility. The helicopter has a large cargo compartment and a rear ramp that can accommodate a variety of payloads, including vehicles, pallets, and containers. It also has a high-capacity hoist and an external cargo hook that can be used to lift and transport heavy loads.
- What has been the extent of Boeing’s partnership with the Egyptian Air Force in the past, and how does this new contract fit into that relationship?
Boeing has had a long-standing partnership with the Egyptian Air Force and has supplied a range of aircraft and services to customers over the years. The new contract for CH-47F helicopters builds on this partnership and demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to supporting the needs of the Egyptian Air Force.
- As a leading global aerospace company, what other products and services does Boeing offer customers in the Middle East?
In addition to its military aircraft, Boeing offers a wide range of products and services to customers in the Middle East, including commercial airplanes, satellites, and defense systems. The company also provides training, maintenance, and support services to help customers maximize the performance and lifespan of their assets.
- Can you discuss Boeing’s commitment to sustainability and innovation in the aerospace industry?
Boeing is committed to sustainability and innovation in the aerospace industry and is constantly working to develop new technologies and practices that reduce the environmental impact of its operations. Some examples of the company’s sustainability initiatives include the development of more efficient aircraft, the use of eco-friendly materials, and the promotion of sustainable aviation fuels.