US Unit Flies New CH-47F Chinooks

6 January 2010 (Last Updated January 6th, 2010 18:30)

The US Army's 6th Battalion 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, has begun flying Boeing's CH-47F Chinook helicopter following completion of required training. US Army 101st Combat Aviation Brigade 6th Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Brad Ninness said th

The US Army's 6th Battalion 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, has begun flying Boeing's CH-47F Chinook helicopter following completion of required training.

US Army 101st Combat Aviation Brigade 6th Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Brad Ninness said the technological advantages and improvements in the CH-47F increase their capabilities and allow them to better support the soldier on the ground.

Four Chinooks have been deployed in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

CH-47F features a newly designed, modernised airframe, a Rockwell Collins common avionics architecture system (CAAS) cockpit and a BAE digital advanced flight control system (DAFCS).

The CAAS significantly improves aircrew situational awareness, while the DAFCS provides improved flight-control capabilities through the entire flight envelope, enhanced performance and safety in extreme climate conditions.

In addition, CAAS also incorporates an advanced digital map display and a data transfer system that allows storing of preflight and mission data as well as common missile warning and improved countermeasure dispenser systems.

The new CH-47F powered by two 4,733hp Honeywell engines, can fly at an airspeed exceeding 175mph with a payload capacity of 21,000lb.

The aircraft with its Robertson Aviation extended-range fuel system has an operational range of 400nm.