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Old 03-22-2023, 11:43 AM
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Arrow US Army’s new Chinook version enters final assembly

US Army’s new Chinook version enters final assembly
By: Colton Jones - Defence Blog 03-22-23

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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.

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.
Personal note: Can't wait to see the full assembly. What weapons it will car to
protect itself hasn't been mentioned but let's see the final product as it rolls
off protection and painted. What counter-measure it will have has yet to
be mentioned.
Will try to keep track of this new items - checking post often of late.

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