Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – Boeing CH-47D Chinook
Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopters — Six CH-47D Chinooks
US Foreign Military Sale Notice
— Proposed Sale to Canada
To satisfy United States law, the US Department of Defense's Defense Security
Cooperation Agency must notify the US Congress of potential exports of any US- made or controlled military
equipment through Foreign Military Sales. If approved
by Congress, DoD or manufacturer(s) will receive permission
to export to Canada.
The subject of buying used Chinooks for the Canadian Forces needs little further discussion.
The CH-47D model is the current US Army service variant. This Foreign Military Sales notice covers six stock-standard
US Army 'D models (and seems to be unrelated to the CHAPS
program). The proposed package also covers a degree of in- service support and limited spares (including two
AlliedSignal T55 turbine engines).
Also mentioned are 30 pairs of night vision goggles but these are listed as "AN/AVS-6/7(V)1 Aviation Night
Vision Imaging Systems". The AN/AVS-6(V)1 ANVIS is an earlier model NVG
which tend to produce a bright 'halo' around light sources. AN/AVS-7(V)1 (known as the ANVIS/HUD-24
by its maker, Elbit Systems) is a 'Heads-Up' development of the ANVIS. An add- on module allows daylight
Various, unidentified pieces of navigational, communications, and mission gear plus support equipment are also
mentioned – presumably standard CH-47 components.
The FMS notice also includes four M240H spade- grip machineguns (a US version of the FN MAG, designated C6 in
Canadian service). The number of M240s suggests that only 4 of the 6 CH-46Ds would be deployed to
Afghanistan – the other 2 aircraft being used for training. It was rumoured that
M134D MiniGuns might arm CF
Chinooks. The M240H purchase does not preclude M134Ds.
What is drawn into question is the future of the Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter plan. Criticized as 'gold-plated' by many, these
CH-47F+ model Chinooks would not even begin to arrive until Canada's commitment was over.
Even the six CH-47Ds will not be available in time for the increased combat tempo of the Afghan summer (these
Chinooks are expected sometime this Fall ). They will be very welcome but it may be that
these 6 CH-47s are as many medium-lift helicopters as our Air
Force can handle.
The text of the FMS notice (as published by the US DSCA) is reproduced below:
Defense Security Cooperation Agency
On the web: http://www.dsca.mil
Media/Public Contact: (703)
Date: 21 April 2008 [web posted 23 April 2008]
Transmittal No. 08-49
CANADA — CH-47D CHINOOK Helicopters
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2008 — The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a
possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of [six] CH-47D CHINOOK Helicopters as well as
associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as [US] $375
The Government of Canada has requested a possible sale of 6 CH-47D CHINOOK Helicopters with 12 (2 per
helicopter) T55-GA-714A Turbine engines, 4 [7.62mm] M240H Machine Guns [equivalent to CF C6],
30 AN/AVS-6/7(V)1 Aviation Night Vision Imaging Systems, ... 2 spare T-55-GA-714A ... engines,
mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, ground support equipment, spare and repair
parts, special tools and test equipment, publications and technical data, site survey, Quality Assurance
Team support, contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other
related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $375 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security ob- jectives of the
United States by improving the military capabilities of Canada and further weapon system standardization and
interoperability with U.S. forces. Canadian deployments in support of peacekeeping and humanitarian
operations have made a significant impact to global political and economic stability and have served U.S. national
Canada needs these helicopters to enhance its capabilities in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Having the same
[CH-47D] configuration as the U.S. would greatly contribute to Canada's military capability by making it a more
sustainable coalition force to support GWOT. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the
basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be: The Boeing Company in Ridley Park, PA; Honey- well, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ;
and FN Enterprise in Lubbock, TX. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of contractor rep- resentatives to Canada and in the
theater of operations for an unspecified amount of time. Also, ... 6 U.S. Government personnel will
participate in program management and technical reviews in-country for one to two-week intervals twice annually
to support site surveys and delivery of the CH-47D helicopters in-country.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this pro- posed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the
sale has been concluded.