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Army May Face Trade-Off Between CH-47F, Block II and AH-64E New Builds

As the fiscal 2020 budget season gets underway, the U.S. Army may face the issue of whether to push Congress for more funding for Boeing CH-47F Block II upgrades or new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

“If Boeing and the Army aviation community are going to prioritize one program for lobbying, it’s going to be Chinook, not Apache,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group. “Unlike Apache, there’s not a large volume re-manufacturing program for the Chinook, and Boeing and Army aviators want to get the CH-47F Block II done. They want that capability.”

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