Boeing delivers 43 military aircraft in Q2

Boeing delivered 43 military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft in Q2 2021, which when combined with Q1 figures provide a year-to-date handover of 85 platforms to a variety of US-based and international operators.

In a July 13 release Boeing revealed its range of deliveries in Q2 this year, including: six new AH-64 Apache helicopters; 16 remanufactured AH-64 attack helicopters; three new-build CH-47 Chinooks; one renewed CH-47 Chinook; five F-15 fighters; seven F/A-18 Super Hornets; two KC-46 tankers; and three P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.

F-15EX
Boeing's delivery of the second F-15EX to the US Air Force on April 18 was performed ahead of schedule, according to the manufacturer. Boeing

The remanufactured AH-64D aircraft are being upgraded to the latest AH-64E Guardian standard. The UK had earlier agreed a deal to acquire 50 of the type, the first of which was delivered in Q4 2020.

In 2018 it was also revealed that the Netherlands was seeking to remanufacture 28 of its existing AH-64D Block II Apache’s to the AH-64E version, in a near-$1.2bn deal.

The quarter also saw the Boeing register a number of international sales, including a deal for 14 CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the UK and five P-8A maritime surveillance and patrol aircraft for Germany. Boeing and the US Navy also in June announced the successful refuelling of a manned aircraft by the MQ-25 unmanned tanker.

In April, Boeing also delivered ahead of schedule a second F-15EX fighter (pictured) to the US Air Force as part of a wider Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for up to 200 of the type to replace the ageing F-15C.