Chinook Cargo Helicopter (CH-47)

Tuesday May 30, 2006

What is it? The Chinook Cargo Helicopter (CH-47) is a twin-turbine, tandem-rotor, heavy-lift transport helicopter with a useful load of up to 25,000 pounds. The Chinook entered Army service in the early 1960s with a CH-47A, B, or C model designation. From 1980 through 1993, the early model aircraft were remanufactured to the current CH-47D configuration. Today, 46 percent of the Army's CH-47D fleet was originally manufactured prior to 1966. As the Army's only heavy lift helicopter, the mission of the CH-47 is to transport troops (including air assault), supplies, weapons, and other cargo in combat, combat support and service support operations.

What has the Army done? Key modifications integrated into the CH-47F include:

- A new-machined airframe,
- An upgraded T55-GA-714A engine to restore performance capability,
- Common Avionics Architecture System,
- Air Warrior, Common Missile Warning System,
- Enhanced air transportability features,
- Digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS), and
- An Extended Range Fuel System II for self-deployment missions.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will continue to integrate emerging technology enhancements into the UH-60M fleet and subsequent variants to increase the reliability, availability and maintainability of the platform through addition of technologies such as Embedded Diagnostics and Prognostics. Furthermore, the Army plans to enhance aircraft safety by:

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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.

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