South Korea is about to purchase 14 Boeing CH-47D Chinook tactical transport helicopters currently operated by the US Army in the Asian country. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified US Congress on 3 December 2013 of this proposed so-called Foreign Military Sale.
The equipment will be processed through US Camp Humphrey in South Korea. Plan is that the Republic of Korea Air Force will receive the 14 American Chinooks as soon as the US Forces in South Korea receive the new CH-47F model. According to the US DoD the first Foxtrots will arrive in January 2014.
US DSCA argues that transferring the 14 CH-47Ds will save the American tax payer more than 13 million dollar in decommissioning costs. Moreover, South Korea is likely to pay about US$151 million for the purchase.
The RoKAF has been flying rescue versions of the Chinook since 1991, with five HH-47Ds operating with the 235 Search & Rescue Squadron out of Cheongju.
Source: US DSCA