Canada Gets First of 15 New Chinook Helicopters

A Royal Canadian Air Force Chinook leaves Boeing’s Ridley Township plant for Canada on June 25. (Boeing photo)

The Royal Canadian Air Force received its first of 15 new Chinook helicopters on June 21, aircraft-maker Boeing announced this week

From the June 27 press release:

The aircraft’s features include a modernized airframe with a long-range fuel system, upgraded electrical system, fully integrated Common Avionics Architecture System cockpit, and Digital Automatic Flight Control System. The aircraft also has improved survivability features including a Directional Infrared Countermeasures system.

A Royal Canadian Air Force Chinook helicopter makes its final test flight on June 21 at Boeing’s Ridley Township plant. (Boeing photo)

The first of the new Chinooks, designated the CH-147F by the Canadians, was accepted by 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.

Boeing plans to deliver six more Chinooks to Canada by the end of the year.

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