Chinook chums

  • 10-Sep-2008 08:41 EDT
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Powered by two 4733-hp Honeywell engines, the CH-47F Chinook helicopter can reach speeds greater than 175 mph and transport more than 21,000 lb.

U.S. Army awarded Boeing a five-year contract valued at $4.3 billion for 181 CH-47F Chinooks and 10 additional Chinooks under fiscal year 2008 supplemental funding. There are options in the award for an additional 24 aircraft over the course of the contract. Boeing Rotorcraft Systems has delivered 48 CH-47F helicopters to the Army to date and has fully trained and equipped two units, with a third unit scheduled to stand up in August. Built at the Boeing Rotorcraft Systems facility in Ridley Township, PA, the CH-47F helicopter features a newly designed, improved airframe, a Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System cockpit, and a BAE Systems-designed Digital Advanced Flight Control System.

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