Boe­ing de­liv­ers 5th Cana­dian CH-147F Chi­nook he­li­copter

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Boe­ing has de­liv­ered the Royal Cana­dian Air Force’s (RCAF) fifth CH147F Chi­nook he­li­copter one month ahead of sched­ule and only three months af­ter the ar­rival of the first in June, ex­pand­ing Canada’s mil­i­tary cargo ca­pa­bil­ity while con­tin­u­ing the Chi­nook pro­gramme’s his­tory of ex­cel­lence.

“The Cana­dian Chi­nook is one of the most ad­vanced mil­i­tary cargo he­li­copters ever de­liv­ered to the global mar­ket, and Boe­ing has ex­e­cuted the pro­gramme on or ahead of sched­ule for ev­ery ma­jor mile­stone since con­tract award,” said Steve Parker, Boe­ing Di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Chi­nook Pro­grammes and Canada CH-147F pro­gramme man­ager. “These early de­liv­er­ies are another ex­am­ple of the H-47 team’s dedication to pro­vid­ing this im­por­tant ca­pa­bil­ity to the RCAF.”

Boe­ing is sched­uled to de­liver two more CH-147Fs this year and another eight by June 2014 to pro­vide Canada with its full com­ple­ment of 15 ro­tor­craft. Boe­ing is also pro­vid­ing in-ser­vice sup­port to the CH-147F fleet for the next 20 years un­der a per­for­mance-based lo­gis­tics con­tract, with Cana­dian in­dus­try play­ing a key role.

The CH-147F Chi­nook is an ad­vanced, multi-mis­sion he­li­copter that fea­tures a mod­ernised air­frame with a long-range fuel sys­tem al­low­ing it to fly twice as far as stan­dard range mod­els. An up­graded electrical sys­tem pro­vides ad­di­tional power and re­dun­dancy, while a fully in­te­grated com­mon avion­ics ar­chi­tec­ture sys­tem cock­pit and dig­i­tal au­to­matic flight con­trol sys­tem re­duce pi­lot work­load and pro­vide greater sit­u­a­tional aware­ness. The air­craft also has an ad­vanced air­craft sur­viv­abil­ity equip­ment suite that in­cludes a di­rec­tional in­frared coun­ter­mea­sures sys­tem that in­creases crew safety while al­low­ing op­er­a­tions to be con­ducted in a wider range of threat en­vi­ron­ments.

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