First Of 452 In Modernization Program
The Boeing Company unveiled the first production CH-47F Chinook
helicopter Friday to the US Army during a rollout ceremony in
Ridley Park, PA. The aircraft is the first of 452 new CH-47F
heavy-transport helicopters included in the US Army Cargo
Helicopter modernization program.
"The CH-47F is a 21st century aircraft," said Jack Dougherty,
director, Boeing Chinook Programs. "It provides the system and the
solutions to meet the needs of soldiers today and tomorrow."
"This is truly a great day for the Army, Army Aviation, and most
of all, our soldiers," said Colonel Tim Crosby, US Army Cargo
Helicopter program manager. "This aircraft, delivered on cost and
on schedule, marks the beginning of a long production run that is a
keystone in Army Aviation's transformation. Our special thanks to
all of our industry partners for their dedication to this program
and to our soldiers."
The aircraft features a newly designed, modernized airframe and
a Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System advanced
digital cockpit to meet the needs of current and future
The new airframe uses modern manufacturing techniques that
replace multiple-piece sheet metal structures with single-piece
machined components. The new components will reduce operating and
support costs, improve the aircraft's structural integrity and
extend the Chinook's service life.
The helicopter's advanced avionics provide improved situational
awareness for flight crews with an advanced digital map display and
a data transfer system that allow storing of preflight and mission
data. Additionally, the BAE Digital Advanced Flight Control System
replaces a legacy analog system. Improved survivability features
include Common Missile Warning and Improved Countermeasure
Powered by two 4,868-horsepower Honeywell engines, the new
CH-47F can reach speeds greater than 175 mph and transport payloads
weighing more than 21,000 lbs.
The CH-47F, with the Robertson Aviation Extended Range Fuel
System, has a mission radius greater than 400 miles.