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Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Block II Chinook to U.S. Army

Our Bureau - : Jul 1, 2024 - : 9:34 pm

Boeing has delivered the first CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army as part of the service’s ongoing modernization efforts. This aircraft is the first of up to 465 that will be upgraded to the new Block II configuration.

“The CH-47F Block II provides capability improvements allowing the U.S. Army to lift more, fly farther and maintain their aircraft better than ever before,” said Heather McBryan, vice president and program manager, Cargo Programs.

“This modernization program enables the battle-tested Chinook to play a key role in multi-domain operations going forward.”

The company’s CH-47F Block II features an improved drivetrain, a reinforced airframe, and an enhanced fuel system, which collectively allow for an additional 4,000 pounds of maximum gross weight and extend the mission radius for nearly all payloads. The design also supports future technology upgrades.

“As the Army’s Heavy Lift platform of tomorrow, the CH-47F Block II provides increased capability while continuing support of the Army’s requirement to remain strategically responsive across the full spectrum of operations,” said Viva Kelly, U.S. Army Cargo Helicopters acting project manager.

The Block II program also enhances aircraft sustainment by improving the reliability of the new rotor system, which minimizes unscheduled maintenance. Additionally, the simplified fuel system increases sustainment efficiency, reducing maintenance burden and cost.


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