Boe­ing de­liv­ers 300th CH-47F Chi­nook to US Army ahead of sched­ule

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

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.”

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