In Pursuit of Profits: How Boeing Seeks to Expand its Influence in South Korea

South Korea is using over 40 Chinook helicopters in its military, making it the 4th global operator of military vehicles

11/12/2023 - 11:08
Source: Boeing
Source: Boeing

With South Korea's efforts to enhance its security amid threats from its northern neighbor, the American company Boeing is striving to increase its orders for its heavy CH-47 Chinook helicopters from South Korea, as reported by Sarbaz.kz citing Yonhap News Agency.

As part of its business strategy, the company even held a promotional presentation attended by journalists from South Korea's Defense Ministry press office.

In April of this year, South Korea's defense department approved a plan to purchase special-purpose heavy helicopters worth $2.8 billion. The financial plan for procurement spans from 2024 to 2031. The helicopter model has not yet been chosen, prompting the American defense giant to aim to be the first in line.

The company characterised its helicopter (CH-47 Chinook ER) as ideal for the South Korean project, citing its ability to operate in challenging weather conditions and carry twice as much fuel as the standard Chinook.

The Chinook is currently utilised in various military operations worldwide, including its involvement in the operation targeting Osama bin Laden in 2011. With South Korea operating more than 40 Chinook helicopters, it ranks as the fourth-largest operator of helicopter technology globally.

Boeing stated that it conducted specific research on the North Korean military and is prepared to offer South Korea modernised versions of Chinooks and Apaches tailored to the country's military needs. They also mentioned the completion of 4 out of 6 P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft, ordered by South Korea for its navy, with the remaining two expected next year.

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