CH-47 CHINOOK | UTILITY HELICOPTER
The CH-47F is the latest version of the ubiquitous CH-47 Chinook. The original CH-47A reached the US Army in 1962 and became the air transport workhorse ever since. Also the Chinook has been widely exported.
The recent CH-47F was developed by Boeing from the previous CH-47D. The CH-47F has new engines, upgraded airframe and new avionics. It made its first flight in 2001. Production commenced in 2006. Existing CH-47D helicopters in the New Hayesalian Military have been upgraded to the CH-47F standard.
The CH-47F performs various transport missions. It transports troops, war supplies and battlefield equipment. This helicopter is also deployed in medical evacuation, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, parachute drop and other operations.
The CH-47F accommodates 33 to 55 passengers, depending on cargo area configuration. Alternatively it can carry up to 24 litters, plus medical attendants. It can carry up to 10 900 kg of cargo internally and 12 700 kg externally on a sling load. The helicopter has three external cargo hooks and can carry various loads, such as light vehicles, artillery pieces or shelters.
The CH-47F is operated by a crew of three, including two pilots and loadmaster, though usually two loadmasters are aboard the aircraft.
The Chinook be armed with up to three crew served weapons. Two of them can be mounted in the forward doors and one on loading ramp.
The CH47 is powered by two Honeywell T55-GA-714A turboshaft engines, developing 4 733 shp each. With a cruise speed of 291 km/h, it easily keeps pace with escort helicopters and even light planes.