Boeing delivers 300th CH-47F Chinook to US Army ahead of schedule
Boeing this month delivered to the US Army, 75 days ahead of schedule, the 300th CH-47F Chinook helicopter. “This marks another benchmark for the CH-47F programme,” said Lt Colonel Michael Hauenstein, the Army’s CH-47F product manager, Office of the Project Manager, Cargo Helicopters. “More importantly, we have met this benchmark ahead of schedule, within cost, and produced an aircraft that performs as required worldwide. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this if it wasn’t for the partnership of the entire Chinook community.”
The CH-47F has a modernised airframe, common avionics architecture system (CAAS) cockpit that improves crew situational awareness and the digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS), which offers enhanced flight-control capabilities for the multitude of conditions in which the helicopter is used.
“The Chinook provides a lifeline to soldiers,” said Steve Parker, Boeing Vice President, Cargo Helicopters & H-47 Program Manager. “There are soldiers alive today because of the dedication of this team.”