CH-47F Improved Chinook
production Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopter successfully completed
its first flight on Oct. 23. Boeing will deliver the new CH-47F
to the U.S. Army for operational testing before being deployed in
2007. CH-47F uses the same cockpit as the MH-47G operated by the
Special Operations Command. It will also be used in the HH-47 which
Boeing is proposing to the U.S. Air Force's Combat Search and Rescue
The CH-47F will provide
crews with configurable flight displays for more efficient mission
performance and a communications suite for greater situational awareness.
The avionic system include terrain following / terrain avoiding
radar and an integrated forward looking infrared system for nap-of-the-earth
and low-level flight operations in reduced visibility conditions.
The digital automatic flight control system will provide an enhanced
and safer low speed flight capability, and the airframe enhancements
will yield a safer and more reliable combat system.
2006 Boeing was awarded over US$1.5 Billion for the remanufacturing
and new construction of up to 66 Chinook CH-47F helicopters. Over
$624 million will be allocated for modification and 'remanufacturing'
of nine Chinooks into CH-47F standard and construction of 16 new
helicopters to be delivered within a year (early 2008). Additional
$920 Million are allocated for options for remanufacturing of 19
and production of 22 additional new helicopters. Following the successful
completion of U.S. Army acceptance and developmental flight testing
in December 2006, the first production Boeing (BA) CH-47F Chinook
helicopter has moved in February
2007, to the Operational Testing (OT) phase at Ft. Campbell,
Ky. The flight tests will be conducted by Bravo Company, 7th Battalion,
101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault). The Army plans to field the first of 452
CH-47F helicopters in July 2007.
2007 The Defence Materiel Organization of the Dutch Ministry
of Defense ordered six new-build CH-47F (NL) Chinook helicopters
from the Boeing Company [NYSE: BA]. These Netherlands-unique version
helicopters will offer advanced avionics, improved situational awareness
and survivability features and special operations equipment. The
aircraft will be delivered between July 2009 and January 2010. Their
advanced cockpit avionics suite will be based on Honeywell's Avionics
Control and Management System (ACMS), an integrated forward-looking
infrared capability and several other newly developed multi-mission
features. The RNLAF Chinook fleet serves with the 298 Squadron based
at Soesterberg Air Force Base and supports the Dutch Air Mobile
Brigade, operated within NATO.