Here’s All You Need To Know About The New MH-47G Chinook Helicopter

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Опубликовано: 2020-10-17
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Here’s All You Need To Know About The New MH-47G Chinook Helicopter
Boeing has delivered the first example of the MH-47G Block II Chinook to the US Army Special Operations Command.

The company is on contract for 23 more MH-47G Block II Chinooks for the US Army Special Operations Command.

While other helicopter pilots are envious of the technology on a special operations Chinook, its bones are old. Many of the 61 MH-47G helicopter airframes are from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and the MH-47 is a heavier aircraft than the Chinooks in the active Army component due to the mission equipment added to the airframe over the years. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds.

“This delivery marks a major step for the Chinook program,” Andy Builta, Boeing’s H-47 program manager, said in the statement. “The new Chinook will give U.S. Special Operations Forces significantly more capability for extremely challenging missions and will enable them to conduct those missions on the future battlefield.”

The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotorblades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. The aircraft is expected to buy back roughly 4,000 pounds of additional load capacity and adds range capability.

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