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

Gulf Air launches stopover travel packages for Bahrain

Gulf Air has announced the launch of new stopover travel packages designed to promote Bahrain as a tourist destination to its customer base.

Jet Set X chooses Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X as aircraft of choice

Jet Set X, an exclusive members only club, has appointed Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X as the aircraft of choice and JETEX as the Official FBO for The Middle East.

"Daesh as an organisation, is probably the most despicable group I've seen."

Group Captain Chas Dickens, OBE, commander of the UK Royal Air Force’s No903 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW), gives a first-hand account of the UK’s combat air operations over Syria and Iraq to Jon Lake.

SalamAirsigns five-year contract with Swissport

SalamAir of Oman has signed a five-year contract with Swissport for hub handling at Muscat International Airport.

Hamad International Airport voted 'Best Airport in the Middle East'

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been voted as the 'Best Airport in the Middle East' at the 15th Annual Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
MECAS_BT171218130219AIME19BTA3005120219Aviation Africa BT0607280219SaudiAirshowBT0711140319ACCA19_BT2141218280219