CH-47 Chinook

The CH-47F is an advanced multimission helicopter for the U.S. Army and international defense forces. CH-47F contains a fully integrated digital cockpit management system, common aviation architecture system cockpit and and digital automatic flight control system. The Chinook has an advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.

Current customers include the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard. International operators include Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Thailand, Argentina, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Morocco, and Greece.

Boeing received a US$1.15 billion contract from the Canadian government in August 2009 for 15 new CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Under the contract, Boeing will match Canada’s purchase price by executing contracts and investments of equal value with Canadian industry.

Designated the CH-147 in Canada, the Chinooks have been contracted to meet Canada’s Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter program requirements. They will be produced at the Boeing facility in Ridley Township, Pa., with deliveries expected to occur between 2013 and 2014.

The primary Chinook mission is troop assaults, transport of artillery, troops, ammunition, fuel and supplies within military theaters of operation. CH-47s also have performed humanitarian support, disaster relief, rescue, fire-fighting and nation-building missions on six continents in all climates and conditions. Chinooks can fly more than 150 mph at full load more than 400 nautical miles with long-range fuel tanks. With a crew of three, the CH-47s can transport 44 seated troops or 24 casualty litters. The aircraft can carry palletized cargo internally, including the U.S. Army HMMWV, or sling-loaded external cargo, utilizing its triple cargo hooks for stability.

Program Milestones:
  • The current Chinook program will produce 525 H-47s for the U.S. Government to modernize the fleet, extend service life, reduce vibrations and digitize the cockpit.
  • The U.S. Army plans to build 464 CH-47F model aircraft, which includes 246 Renew aircraft and 218 new aircraft and the remanufacture of 61 MH-47G aircraft and to date over 210 CH-47Fs have been delivered.
  • 50th Anniversary of Chinook First Flight – Sept. 21, 2011.
  • The U.S. Army has completed 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Multi Year II proposal submitted November 2011 to the U.S. Army for 155 CH-47Fs
  • December 2011: U.S. Army FMS contract award for 14 CH-47F supporting Australia and UAE
  • Canada Chinook first flight ahead of schedule on June 2012
  • 50th anniversary of first Chinook delivery August 16, 1962-2012
  • 13th unit trained and equipped with the CH-47F November 2012