The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has received the first of 15 new Boeing CH-147F Chinook helicopters.
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.
The first CH-147F was accepted by the RCAF’s 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, and will be followed by six additional aircraft over the remainder of 2013.
The Canadian government awarded Boeing a contract for 15 Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopters (MHLH) and in-service support in June 2009; all deliveries are scheduled to be completed by June 2014.
Boeing will provide in-service support to the MHLH fleet for the next 20 years under a Performance-Based Logistics contract.
Boeing has already awarded six contracts to Canadian suppliers for services under the program.