2007-08-19 - CH-47F in serviceBoeing CH-47 Chinook fielded to first U.S. Army Unit
Neue Chinook-Version im Dienst<br /> The Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopter has been certified combat-ready by the U.S. Army and fielded to the first operational unit, making it the latest addition to the Army's aviation fleet.
Following extensive testing, the Army authorized First Unit Equipped, assigning the aircraft to Bravo Company ("Varsity"), 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Ft. Campbell, Ky. "It is an honor to have been chosen as the first unit to field the aircraft," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert P. Dickerson, commander, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (Air Assault). "The Chinook is a combat multiplier and brings greater situational awareness, versatility and capability to the fight."
Since Boeing unveiled the aircraft at its Ridley Park, Pa., production facility in June 2006, the new Chinook has successfully completed several evaluations, including air worthiness and functional testing. In April 2007, the CH-47F completed operational testing at Ft. Campbell, including more than 60 rigorous flight test hours that simulated mission scenarios, air assault, combat re-supply and transport operations. The CH-47F helicopter features a newly designed, modernized airframe, a Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) cockpit and a BAE Digital Advanced Flight Control System (DAFCS).