Modernised H-47 Chinook Block II Helicopter Ready for Operation

Indian Air Force

New Delhi: The H-47 Chinook Block II  heavy-lift helicopter which is operated by the US Army and 20 international operators is an advanced, multi-mission, tandem rotor helicopter, proven in cargo and troop transport, search and rescue, casualty evacuation, special operations, humanitarian and disaster relief, and more is ready for operation post modernisation.

The tandem rotor design provides for increased stability and control, maximum agility, ease of loading and unloading and superior performance in wind. The Chinook can operate where others cannot. Rear ramp access on any terrain is not restricted by tail rotor clearance, allowing tandems to operate on unprepared, mountainous positions and execute the unique pinnacle landing capability. The design also allows the Chinook to fly at up to 20,000 feet, higher than other helicopters in its class, according to its manufacturer, Boeing.

It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system – the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) Cockpit paired with a Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS) – as well as advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and improve situational awareness. Covering a vast amount of distance in a quick amount of time, the H-47 Chinook can be equipped with extended range fuel tanks and fitted for air-to-air refuelling capability, meaning the Chinook can fly farther than ever before.

To safely and effectively accomplish critical missions now and in the future, soldiers must have the most modernised heavy-lift solution. The H-47 Chinook Block II, the most advanced and capable heavy-lift aircraft in its class, is the only way to rapidly meet the warfighter’s ever-evolving needs. H-47 Chinook Block II is powered by cutting-edge technologies – redesigned fuel tanks, a strengthened fuselage, and an improved drivetrain, all of which enable soldiers to meet today’s heavy-lift mission requirements.

The Chinook-47 Block II provides structural and design improvements that allow additional future upgrades to meet long-term heavy-lift needs. Key investments in next generation technologies such as avionics open systems architecture and mission systems integration will enable decisive overmatch – a critical advantage for the warfighter to succeed in Joint All-Domain Operations. Structural enhancements and vehicle power upgrades will keep the Chinook prepared to fight and win in all missions including large scale combat operations for decades to come.

The H-47 Chinook program supports more than 20,000 jobs and 360 suppliers in 40 states. Chinook Block II production will ensure a healthy manufacturing base for years to come. The program supports a diverse group of suppliers, all of which provide support to the production line and soldiers in the field.

Optimising readiness of the Chinook fleet around the globe is one of Boeing’s many missions. From performance-based logistics contracting and integrated fleet support to vertical lift maintenance, modifications and repairs, Boeing provides a broad spectrum of innovative products and services which directly support and enhance capabilities while reducing total cost of ownership. These services range from transactional spares to complete lifecycle support solutions that are uniquely tailored to the requirements of each H-47 customer.

An Indian Air Force Chinook helicopter was used to airlift 41 construction workers who were rescued on November 28 from Silkyara tunnel where they were trapped for 17 days. The tunnel in Uttarkashi had collapsed on the morning of November 12.