An Army proposal to stop production of Boeing’s Chinook helicopters was rejected by a House panel that controls defense spending, a victory for Delaware County’s Boeing workers, writes Roxana Tiron and Anthony Capaccio for Bloomberg.com.
Instead, the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee added $28 million for continued production of the Chinook CH-47 Block II. It directed the service to restore more than $900 million that would have been shifted through 2024, according to a draft of the panel’s report.
The Army’s proposed budget called for saving $962 million through 2024 by cutting 28 of 68 previously planned Chinook heavy lift helicopters. The panel directed the service to restore the five-year funding in the fiscal 2021 plan.
“The committee is concerned that the Army is now reducing its support for the CH-47″ that “was determined to be necessary less than two years ago,” it said in the report.
The House panel also endorsed the Defense Department’s plan to buy the company’s latest version of its F-15, calling that “the fastest and most cost-effective” way to keep a fleet of needed but less-advanced fighter aircraft.
The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to act on the defense spending measure today.
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