Thursday, October 8, 2009

Singapore to Keep up, Repair Chinook Transmissions

Singapore to Keep up, Repair Chinook Transmissions


Defense News

By Wendell Minnick

Taipei - Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aerospace) announced on March 6 it has been recognized by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) as a maintenance, repair and overhaul center for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter engine transmission.

"Through this association, ST Aerospace's military service capability on the Chinook transmission will be part of the capabilities that Boeing can draw on to support Chinook helicopter operators," ST Aerospace said in a press release.

Singapore's Air Force operates 12 CH-47 helicopters under the 127th Squadron at Sembawang Air Base. Singapore also participates in the "Peace Prairie" training program with the U.S. Army National Guard's 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion at Grand Prairie, Texas.

"We are pleased to appoint ST Aerospace as a repair center for the CH-47 Chinook engine transmission," said Christopher Chadwick, president of Boeing Military Aircraft. "This will be the start of a series of products on the Boeing IDS platform that will be serviced by ST Aerospace. ST Aerospace's high standards in repair and overhaul capabilities and processes provide assurance that this cooperation will benefit Boeing's customers with better services."

The Chinook engine transmission is the first Boeing IDS component set up for repair and overhaul by ST Aerospace.

"With ST Aerospace's facilities and equipment meeting the standards specified by Boeing IDS, ST Aerospace is poised to take on more repair and overhaul work for other components from Boeing military aircraft," said the press release. "Apart from the Chinook CH-47, Boeing IDS's other key programs include the F-15 and AH-64 Apache."

"ST Aerospace has forged a close partnership with Boeing through various programs on commercial and military platforms over the years," said Tay Kok Khiang, president of ST Aerospace. "This relationship will enable ST Aerospace to extend its capability in the Chinook transmission to serve Boeing's Chinook helicopter customers beyond Singapore."