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News Article - May 14, 2008

BOEING TEMPORARILY HALTS CHINOOK PRODUCTION LINE  
  Boeing Rotorcraft has temporarily halted production of Chinook H-47 helicopters at its facility in Ridley Township, Pa., after manufacturing irregularities were discovered in two aircraft, a company statement said. "The process requires notification of Defense Contract Management Agency. We notified them immediately and they will manage the investigation. We have a process in place for this sort of circumstance," said Jack Satterfield, V-22 Communications, Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. Boeing officials would not comment on the nature of the irregularities found or the expected timetable for resuming production. However, the Boeing facility in Ridley Township has been maintaining a busy production schedule.

   "We've been delivering aircraft at the rate of about two a month on average, and we are increasing that to three or four in the next few years," Satterfield said. "We've been modernizing F model Chinooks and MH-47G models and building new CH-47 F-models as well." In a statement, Army officials said, "At present, this is thought to be an isolated incident, confined to these two aircraft," that normal production is expected to resume shortly with no effect on the CH-47F fielding schedule.

Source - Defense News



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