US Army Orders First Lot of F/G Chinooks


Released on Friday, January 31, 2003
CH-47D Chinook
CH-47F Chinook
MH-47G Chinook
The Boeing Company and the US Army have signed the first Low Rate Initial Production contract valued at about $140 million including options for remanufacturing 7 CH-47 Chinook to the new CH-47F and MH-47G special operations configurations.

This contract covers the first production lot of a modernization program that will include at least 300 Chinooks over the next 13 years.

The first CH-47F delivery is scheduled for September 2004. The remaining 6 aircraft will be converted to CH-47G special operations configuration and delivered in 2004 and 2005.

Modernization involves teardown of CH-47D Chinooks, removal of existing cockpit sections for replacement by newly manufactured subassemblies, full inspection of all structural elements and replacement of components as required, and installation of new or recapitalized components and systems that will enhance Chinook operational capabilities and reduce sustainment costs.

Both F and G models will incorporate improved fuselages to reduce the effect of vibration on aircrews, structures and avionics systems.

The modernization program also includes installation of more powerful and fuel-efficient Honeywell T55-GA-714A engines with full authority digital engine control.

Chinooks are the world's most efficient and reliable heavy transport helicopters. They have been in US Army's inventory for the past 40 years, and will remain in service at least until 2035. In addition, 15 other nations worldwide operate Chinooks.

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