CH-47F Production Started
06 Oct 2005
Recently Boeing has started production of the CH-47F heavy transport helicopter. In December 2004 the U.S. Army and Boeing signed a US$549 million contract for the delivery of 17 new-build CH-47F Chinooks, following approval of the plan to modernize its fleet of about 390 CH-47D Chinooks and procure at least 55 additional new-build CH-47Fs. Deliveries of the 17 new-build helicopters are planned to start in September 2006 and continue through the end of 2008.
The CH-47F will be produced with advanced manufacturing techniques resulting in reduced operating and support costs while improving the structual integrity, extending the overall usefull life of each Chinook. The CH-47F features improved avionics including digital map display, data transfer system, and Digital Advanced Flight Control System (DAFCS). Survivability features include a Common Missile Warning and Improved Countermeasure Dispenser Systems. More powerful new Honeywell T55-GA-714A engines will be fitted,
The CH-47F fleet upgrade is the second modernization of the type in U.S. Army Service, and will extend Chinook service beyond 2030. The CH-47F program was initiated in 1998, the first prototype's maiden flight took place on June 29, 2001. The first remanufactured CH-47F was delivered to the U.S. Army 'Lead the Fleet' test program in May 2002. This was followed by a first Low Rate Initial Production contract in January 2003 for the remanufacturing of seven Chinooks, one to CH-47F standard and the other six being converted to MH-47G Special Operations variant.