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CH-47D Chinook

ch-47d chinook
A US soldier parachutes from a CH-47D Chinook.

The US Army CH-47D is a twin-engine, tandem rotor helicopter with the role of troop and cargo transport. The lack of a tail rotor allows for a longer than normal cabin, increasing the helicopter's cargo capacity.

The first Chinook, the CH-47A, was developed for use in Vietnam in 1962and gone through a series of improvements up to the current model, the CH-47D.

The CH-47D can accommodate up to 44 troops and carry up to 26,000lbs of stores slung from 3 cargo hooks fixed to the helicopter's belly.

U.S. DoD video produced by Staff Sgt. Kevin Hartman| released to public domain

With its size, power and range, the Chinook is often the only US helicopter capable of performing certain missions, be it delivering supplies across the deserts of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan.

When configured for so-called, 'Fat Cow' operations, the CH-47D can be fitted with a series of internal fuel bladders, known as Extended Range Fuel System [ERFS] and perform a refueling role at Forward Arming And Refueling Points (FAARPs).

Whilst not used gunships, the CH-47D is routinely armed with 3 machine guns, either M60D or M240D 7.62mm belt-fed guns, attached to pintle-mounts in the forward cabin windows and rear ramp.

CH-47D Specifications

ch-47d sling load
With its powerful engines and large blades, the Chinook can carry heavy sling loads up to 26,000lbs.
Crew Pilot, Co-pilot + 3 crew chiefs/gunners
Engines 2xTextron Lycoming T55-L712 Turboshaft engines
Dimensions L - 15.87m
W (rotor diameter) - 18.82m
H - 5.59m
Weights 12,210 kg (empty)
24,494 kg (max loadout)
Max Speed 259 kph
Range 1382 km
Armament 3 gun ports (port/starboard and rear) :
3 x M60/M240D 7.62mm machine guns
Avionics CP1516-ASQ automatic target hand-off system
inertial AN/ASN-137 Doppler,
Rockwell Collins AN/ASN-149(V)2 GPS receiver
AN/AVR-2 laser warning receiver
AN/APR-44 radar warning receiver
APR-39A(V)1 Radar Signal Detecting Set
AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems
M-130 chaff/flare dispensers

ch-47 flare and chaff dispensers
The lumbering CH-47D makes for a big target. The helicopter's fuselage is festooned with M130 chaff and flare launchers to defeat incoming missiles.
ch-47d gun port
US Army CH-47Ds are usually armed with 2 M60 or M240 7.62mm machine guns attached to pintle-mounts in windows in the helicopter's cabin. A 3rd machine gun may mounted at the rear ramp.
  • removable in-flight refueling probe
  • radar warning receivers and chaff-launchers to protect against radar-homing threats
  • flare dispensers to defeat heat-seeking missiles
  • sealed belly allows for amphibious operations ie can belly-land on water
  • night-vision-goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit
  • glass-fibre rotor blades
  • automatic target hand-off system
  • redundant electrical system
  • modular hydraulic system
  • single-point pressure refueling

CH-47D Chinook
U.S. Army Soldiers from 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team dismount from a CH-47D Chinook. The Chinook's hydraulic rear ramp allows for rapid mounting/dismounting of men and even vehicles such as motorbikes and 4x4s.
DoD photo by: GARY L. KIEFFER

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