Saturday, April 20, 2024

US Army’s new Chinook version enters final assembly

Aerospace giant Boeing announced that the first production CH-47F Block II Chinook heavy-lift helicopter destined for the U.S. Army has reached the final assembly phase of production.

As noted by the company, a final assembly is the last step in production before the aircraft is delivered to the U.S. Army.

“This is the first of many CH-47F Block II aircraft, the newest variant of the trusted Chinook helicopter series,” Boeing said in the press release.

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The CH-47F Block II helicopter will provide the Army with increased heavy-lift capabilities for the next 30-plus years.

CH-47F Block II Lot 1, which went under contract in September 2021, began production in April 2022. The U.S. Army contracted Boeing to deliver two additional CH-47F Chinooks in September 2022 as part of Lot 2, bringing the total number of aircraft under contract to six. Congress has also authorized $177 million for Lot 3 aircraft and $23 million for Lot 4 advanced procurement.

The first Block II aircraft is slated for delivery in early 2024.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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