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.
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.
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.
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.