Subscribe Free
in Defence

Boeing to modernise next-generation Chinook

Posted 31 July 2017 · Add Comment

Boeing will build and test three U.S. Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters as part of a modernisation effort that will likely bring another two decades of work to the company's Philadelphia site.

A recent $276 million Army contract will fund those helicopters, which will validate technology advancements that will increase the iconic helicopter’s lifting power.

"The Army's only heavy-lift helicopter exists to deliver decisive combat power for our ground commanders," said Col. Greg Fortier, U.S. Army project manager for Cargo Helicopters. "The Cargo family is anxious to build upon Col. Rob Barrie's efforts to establish this critical program and deliver an adaptive air vehicle. Increasing payload capacity today enhances battlefield agility and prepares the Chinook for even greater performance gains in the future."

An improved drivetrain will transfer greater power from the engines to the all-new, swept-tip Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades, which have been engineered to lift 1,500 additional pounds on their own. The current configuration of six fuel tanks – three on each side – will become two, allowing the aircraft to carry more fuel and shed weight. Additionally, the fuselage’s structure will be strengthened in critical areas to allow the aircraft to carry additional payload.

“This latest upgrade for the Chinook fleet is a tribute to the robustness of its original design and exemplifies its 55-year legacy of technological advancements,” said Chuck Dabundo, vice president, Cargo Helicopters and program manager, H-47. “The fact that the U.S. Army continues to use and value this platform and they are intending to continue to upgrade it to keep it flying for decades to come is a testament of the capabilities the Chinook team continues to bring.”

 

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Emirates becomes official partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup

Emirates and the European Tour have renewed their existing European Tour Agreement for four years until 2021.

Passenger traffic at DXB rises to near-record eight million in July

Dubai International (DXB) recorded its second busiest month on record for passenger traffic in July with over eight million passengers, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

Qatar Airways' inaugural flight lands at Václav Havel Airport Prague

Qatar Airways' first non-stop flight from Doha landed yesterday at Václav Havel Airport Prague. Qatar Airways flight QR 291, operated by an Airbus A320, departed Hamad International Airport on Monday at 08:00 am and arrived at Václav

Gulfstream unveils its Connectivity Service programme

Gulfstream Aerospace has announced the creation of its Connectivity Service programme, a comprehensive, bundled suite of in-flight internet, voice and entertainment offerings customised to meet the needs of each Gulfstream

Ethiopian Airlines starts thrice weekly service to Bahrain

Ethiopian Airlines Group has marked commencement of a thrice weekly service to Bahrain at a reception ceremony held at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Kish Air orders B737 MAX, A320s

Iran's Kish Air chief executive officer, Mohammad Taqi Jadidi, has said the carrier has signed an MoU with Boeing for the purchase of ten B737 MAX, reports ch-aviation.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
AIME BT1204240118DAS BT1105161117Commercial Aircraft Financing BT2017DASAS BT3006161117Global Aerospace BT28218Aviation Africa BT18418Aviation Show 267291117DIAC BT1105121117RMIT BT1631817