US Army Chinook

Chinook

The CH-47F Chinook is the Army’s only heavy-lift cargo helicopter supporting combat and other critical operations. The CH-47F has a suite of improved features such as an upgraded digital cockpit featuring the Common Avionics Architecture System, a new monolithic airframe with vibration reduction, and the Digital Automatic Flight Control System, which provides coupled controllability for operations in adverse environments (i.e. reduced visibility, brown out and high winds). The CH-47F’s common cockpit enables multiservice digital compatibility and interoperability for improved situational awareness, mission performance and survivability, as well as future growth potential.

The CH-47F Block II provides an increased payload and operational reach beyond the existing CH-47F capability. The Block II will also enable the Army to better support the rapid response capability necessary for forcible and early entry contingency missions as well as tactical and operational nonlinear, noncontiguous, simulations or sequential operations.

SPECIFICATIONS

Empty aircraft weight: 24,578 pounds (Block I); 26,800 pounds (Block II) (estimated)

Maximum gross weight: 50,000 pounds (Block I); 54,000 (Block II)

Total lift capability at hover in 4,000-foot pressure altitude and 95 degrees Fahrenheit: 46,280 (Block I); 47,928 (Block II)

Maximum cruise speed: 160 knots (Block I & Block II)

Capacity: 36 (Block I & Block II)

Litter capacity: 24 (Block I & Block II)

Sling-load capacity: 26,000 pounds center hook;
17,000 pounds forward/aft hook; 25,000 pounds
tandem (Block I & Block II)

Minimum crew: 3 (pilot, copilot and flight engineer) (Block I & Block II)

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