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CH-47Fs Take-off

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DII FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record; this FOCUS Article covers the CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook helicopter programs, in the USA and abroad. These helicopters’ distinctive “flying banana” twin-rotor design stems from the brilliant work of aviation pioneer Frank Piasecki. It gives Chinooks the ability to adjust their positioning very precisely, while carrying a large airframe whose load capacity has made it the world’s most popular heavy-lift helicopter. The USA expects to be operating Chinooks in their heavy-lift role past 2030.

The CH-47F looks similar to earlier models, but offers a wide range of improvements in almost every aspect of design and performance. While the related HH-47’s $10-15 billion CSAR-X program win was terminated, delivery orders continue for CH-47Fs and for MH-47G Special Forces configuration helicopters. International orders or formal requests have also come in from Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the UAE, with India and other countries expected to follow.

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Subscribe to DII, which covers important enhancements and updated facts about the new Chinook including:

  • Discussion of upgraded features and systems to the CH-47F, including Honeywell’s T55-GA-714A engine, internal auxiliary fuel tanks, digital mapping and data transfer, the CAAS cockpit design, and changes to the production process.
  • A look at extended operational features of the special forces MH-47G
  • Links to deeper discussion of the GAO decision to reopen the CSAR-X contract bid among Sikorsky’s HH-92 Superhawk, Lockheed Martin’s EH101 variant, and Boeing’s HH-47F Chinook
  • Coverage of an instance of sabotage at a Boeing facility.
  • Links to deeper discussion of the GAO decision to reopen the CSAR-X contract bid among Sikorsky’s H-92 Superhawk, Lockheed Martin’s US101, and Boeing’s HH-47F Chinook.
  • More DII Coverage including: “CSAR-X: And Boeing Makes One,” HH-47 Wins $10B Competition” “Dutch Looking to Field CH-47F Chinooks” and “Let’s Stay Engaged: CH-47D Chinooks for Canada’s Afghan Mission” “GAO re: CSAR-X Re-Compete the Contract!”
  • 9 photos of the helicopter in action.

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