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The U.S. Army awarded the $185 million performance-based logistics contract to Boeing. The PBL contract is for supporting the U.S. Army’s fleet of CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
Boeing have previously worked with the Army’s Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command on improving the tooling used to produce and repair Chinook rotor blades. The production, overhaul, and distribution are covered on the PBL program.
According to Peri Widener, “PBLs are outcome-focused sustainment contracts that guarantee enhanced performance and improved costs. We work with our customer to reduce costs through longer-term agreements, purchasing only the parts needed and investing in techniques that extend the life of key components.” Peri Widener is the Rotorcraft Support vice-president for Boeing.
The PBL agreement will reduce the customer costs while allowing Boeing to improve the products and process of manufacturing helicopter parts.
The Chinook PBL contract with Boeing will run for five years. Boeing has existing similar contracts with the military for other aircraft such as V-22 Osprey and AH-64 Apache helicopter.
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The U.S. Army awarded an $18 million contract to Boeing for the second phase testing of its advanced rotocraft flight control system. The testing is for the continued development of a technology that will improve helicopter’s manoeuvrability and performance. The program is known as Adaptive Vehicle Management System (AVMS.) Testing will be done in helicopter models like AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook.
The advanced rotocraft flight control system is a joint development project between Boeing and Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. It aims to reduce aircrew workload and overall operating cost. I will adapt the flight controls to the helicopter’s flight condition, environment, and even pilot intent.
In Phase II of the AMVS, the test will demonstrate the design’s portability as well as how it can enhance the flight performance of the helicopter during attack and cargo missions. The test will encompass more than 100 hours of flight time.
“Phase II also allows us to continue H-6 flight control test bed prototyping activities to expand AVMS’ capabilities,” said Steve Glusman, director, Boeing Advanced Mobility. “AVMS will be a key capability in future Boeing aircraft such as Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft.”
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The Boeing Helicopter Modification Center in Millville, New Jersey reached a milestone as the 100th CH-47 helicopter, also known as Chinooks, to enter the work line is now all set to enter military service with the U.S. Army.
Boeing held a public event at its municipal airport to celebrate the milestone. The facility only opened in February 2010 and employs fifty people.
The CH-47 helicopter, a twin-rotor cargo and troop transport is in demand all over the world. But the helicopter models from Millville are only exclucively used for the U.S. Army. The event highlighted the partnership of Boeing and the U.S. Army.
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo spoke at the event and emphasized the role of the facility in the war effort.
“But what this is all about is protecting our nation. What this is all about is fulfilling our promise to those heroes who put on the United States military uniform and put their lives in harm’s way to defend this country, and our promise to give them the very best equipment that we can, so that they can keep out nation safe,” said LoBiondo
The center is finishes one unit of CH-47 every 16 days, less than the 20 days projection of the U.S. Army.
The star of the event, helicopter numbered 09-08797 was displayed outside the hangar for the public to see.
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Australia’s five twin-rotor Chinook helicopters have been grounded because of a serious technical fault.
The Defence Department provided only scant details of “possible issues” with the CH-47 aircraft’s Advanced Flight Control System in “certain flight conditions”. The AFCS assists with the stability of the aircraft and helps the pilot to maintain control by reducing the workload and keeping the machine where the pilot wants it.
It is understood that the investigation of a Chinook crash in Afghanistan in late May, which claimed the life of army pilot Lieutenant Marcus Case, triggered possible concerns about the flight control system.The machine, designated Dark and Stormy, turned on its side before crashing into the ground during a familiarisation flight.
The AFCS is a vital piece of kit in inherently unstable aircraft such as the CH-47D Chinook.
Director-General of Army Aviation, Brigadier Neil Turton, said the flight suspension was to ensure the helicopters’ safety and that it was consistent with army operational airworthiness procedures. “The precautionary suspension will remain in place pending technical analysis of flight data by Defence and Boeing,” Brigadier Turton said.
The suspension applies to the two CH-47D Chinook aircraft deployed to Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan in support of International Security Assistance Force operations.
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The Boeing Company and the U.S. Army celebrated the opening of the newly renovated CH-47 Chinook manufacturing facility last Wednesday, Sept.21. The event coincided with the 50th anniversary of the CH-47 Chinook’s first flight.
“Boeing has made a $130 million investment to create a world-leading aircraft manufacturing facility to support continuing U.S. and international demand for the unmatched vertical lift capabilities of the Chinook,” said Jean Chamberlin, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Ridley Township-based Mobility division.
Chamberlin said the upgraded facility will allow Boeing to increase production and work toward securing a second CH-47F multi-year contract.
The factory renovations will allow Boeing to increase Chinook production rates to six aircraft per month, up from the current rate of four per month. The modern facility offers enhanced employee safety and comfort, lower operating costs and reduced environmental impact. The new facility is one of three Boeing facilities recognized for zero waste contribution to landfill.
“The CH-47F is proving its exceptional capabilities every day in combat operations,” said U.S. Army Col. Bob Marion, project manager for Cargo Helicopters. “The technological advantages and improvements in the CH-47F are powerful combat multipliers that save soldiers’ lives and support overall contingency operations in theater.”
“ I am extremely proud of the Chinook team on this milestone 50-year achievement.”
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The Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, has announced a contract award for 14 new Chinook helicopters, the RAF’s workhorse on the frontline in Afghanistan. The contract with Boeing to supply the Chinook heavy lift helicopters will bring a significant enhancement to the mobility of frontline forces. Already the largest fleet in Europe, this new contract will bring the UK’s overall number of Chinooks to 60.
This announcement follows the Government’s recent commitment to a one per cent a year real term increase in the MOD’s equipment and support budget from 2015. This new Chinook contract is valued at £1bn or $1.64 billion, including development, manufacture, and the first five years of support to the new Chinooks.
“From the Falkland Islands to Iraq and Afghanistan, the RAF has operated Chinooks magnificently for many years in the most demanding environments. These additional helicopters will significantly enhance our existing heavy lift helicopter capability. This fleet will support our frontline troops in current and future operations for decades to come,” The Secretary said.
The new Chinook Mark 6 helicopters will feature a cutting edge digital flight control system making them easier to operate in the most difficult conditions, including the hot and dusty environments such as those encountered in Afghanistan.
“Chinook is an exceptionally capable helicopter that in the hands of the very skilful RAF crews has proved itself time and again in many operational theatres across the globe and is the backbone of the Royal Air Force’s helicopter fleet,” Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton said.
The RAF will receive the first aircraft for initial trials and testing in 2013 and it will enter service in May 2014 making an immediate contribution to the flexibility of the UK Chinook capability. Delivery will be complete by the end of 2015.
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The U.S. Army is finally heeding the helicopter industry’s dire warnings of a production gap beyond 2020 by launching a program to fly technology demonstrators for advanced rotorcraft that could enter production around 2025.
The Army is working to bring other U.S. services into the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstration, which is modeled on the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) program that led to development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The move comes more than a decade after a similar attempt to launch a JSF-style rotorcraft initiative failed, and it responds to increasingly desperate industry calls for a new program. But it is far from clear whether the Army will have the funding or willpower to follow the JMR technology demonstration with the new-aircraft development and production program manufacturers say they need.
Industry has welcomed news of the JMR demo program, although the level of funding has not been specified and the role of the recently formed Vertical Lift Consortium is not clear. The consortium was formed at the Defense Department’s urging to stimulate innovation in the rotorcraft industry by bringing together large and small companies and academia.
Ned Chase, chief of the platform technology division, Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (Amrdec) said “We’re funded to build two clean-sheet aircraft that may or may not be the same configuration.” Configuration options include advanced and compound helicopters and tiltrotors.
The Army is hoping the other services, NASA and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will bring funding to the program. Jim Snider, director of aviation development for Amrdec , said “We plan to build two demonstrators, but we’d like to have enough money to build three.”
JMR is intended to demonstrate technology for a family of rotorcraft that would ultimately replace all of the Army’s helicopters—scout, attack, utility and cargo—as well as similar platforms operated by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The focus is on replacing the “medium” fleets of AH-64 Apaches and UH-60 Black Hawks, but the demonstrator configurations must be scalable downward to replace OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed scouts and potentially upward to replace heavy-lift CH-47 Chinooks.
The JMR tech demo is similar to the Joint Advanced Rotorcraft Technology (JART) program proposed in 1998 and modeled on the JAST effort. JART was ultimately vetoed by the services as unaffordable. This time, say industry officials at the conference, the Army has recognized it has no choice, because its helicopter fleet is aging.
Although the services are buying new-production helicopters, their designs date from the 1960s and ’70s and operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have highlighted shortcomings in performance, reliability and survivability. Attributes for JMR include increased payload, range and speed, with greater durability, survivability and affordability.
In initial configuration studies these targets resulted in a large aircraft, Snider says, so the Army is looking at how manned/unmanned teaming could be used to reduce the endurance and range requirements and produce an affordable aircraft.
The Army has completed an initial phase of studies and begun a second phase of configuration analyses. Amrdec was planning to issue a solicitation for industry trade studies early in Fiscal 2011, but Chase says this has been delayed while negotiations with other services on a joint program are underway. Study contracts are now expected to be awarded by mid-2011.
The plan calls for configuration studies in 2011-13, followed by a flight demonstrator phase leading to a decision around 2020 on whether to launch a five-year development program for the first class of rotorcraft using JMR technology. This aircraft is planned to enter service around 2026, for a time span similar to the F-22’s and F-35’s and shorter than that of the V-22 Osprey and canceled RAH-66 Comanche.
Snider says whichever helicopter fleet is replaced first will depend on what the Army decides to do about its armed aerial scout requirement following cancellation of the ARH-70. Snider also says that the service could buy an interim aircraft or upgrade the OH-58Ds to keep them in service until they can be replaced by a new JMR-technology aircraft.
The flight demonstration is to have two steps. In the first phase, aircraft will be built and flown to demonstrate the key attributes of the JMR airframe. First flights are expected in mid-Fiscal 2017. In the second phase, these aircraft will be fitted with mission systems and used to demonstrate a common avionics architecture developed separately.
Although Amrdec says it has funds for two demonstrators, industry is concerned there will only be enough money for one if the Army stays in a “business-as-usual” mode, say executives here. Chase says costs will be driven by two factors: the technologies selected for flight-testing and the size of the demonstrator, which has to be of sufficient scale to be relevant to the utility mission, as the Black Hawk makes up the bulk of the Army’s helicopters. “Right now it’s a fairly low-cost program,” says Snider.
The Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) leadership met late last week to decide how to respond to the pending solicitation for JMR configuration studies amid signs the Army could be backing off from working with the organization. The consortium was formed to speed the development and fielding of rotorcraft technologies by waiving normal procurement rules and encouraging established primes to work with innovative suppliers.
Phil Dunford, Boeing’s chief operating officer for rotorcraft systems, says the JMR tech demo is an opportunity for the U.S. rotorcraft industry to work together. “If we keep doing things the way we used to, we’ll get what we used to get. It’s time to step up and put our heads together on what we collaborate on and compete on in Phase 2.”
Meanwhile, Snider highlights the challenge ahead in transitioning JMR from technology demonstration to development and production. “The only way to get to JMR is to demonstrate a return on investment. We have to show that extending the current fleet out for 30 years is unsustainable.” To that end, the Army is working to determine flight-hour costs for each of its aircraft. “We’ll throw those into the mix for JMR,” he says.
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The Canadian military has confirmed that hostile fire forced down a Chinook helicopter in August, but remains uncertain about what weapon the insurgents used.
Initial reports from Task Force Kandahar suggested the helicopter, which was carrying 21 people including crew, had taken small-arms fire as it flew over the Panjwaii district. Eight people suffered minor injuries when the Chinook was forced to make an emergency landing near the village of Armarah, southwest of Kandahar city.
“What we know is that it was taken down by enemy action, nothing has changed there. What we cannot find out exactly is the weapon that was used on it. You have to understand the airplane was burned within the following minutes.” Col. Paul Prevost said.
Following the release of several thousand pages of classified documents about the war on the website Wikileaks, there had been speculation the Taliban was making use of heat-seeking missiles.
A Canadian was killed with six others in 2007 while aboard an American Chinook that was struck with what witnesses described as a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile.
Col. Prevost praised the crew of five, who were able to land safely and evacuate the aircraft quickly.
The report has been sent to Ottawa, along with a letter signed the air wing’s command endorsing its findings.
It’s not the first time a Canadian helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan.
On July 6, 2009, Master Cpl. Pat Audet, 38, of Montreal, and Cpl. Martin Joannette, 25, of St-Calixte, Que., died in Zabul province when their Griffon CH-146 helicopter crashed on takeoff. Three other Canadian Forces members were injured, one of them seriously. A British officer was also killed in the crash.
Last year’s crash was believed to have occurred when the chopper clipped a security wall while trying to manoeuvre in a blinding cloud of dust.
Canada now has five Chinook helicopters remaining in its Afghanistan fleet.
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Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft dropped off by Chinook CH47s
Mostly used and starred in action films, helicopters have provided not only a great deal of service as transport and weapons to people but have also served and continue to serve in the entertainment business.
Shooting aerial scenes, flying, chasing, crashing, burning… We have seen it all. These helicopters have been used in many ways possible for providing entertainment to a great deal of audiences. And now, here’s a salute to these aircraft that make entertainment more entertaining.
2002 Black Hawk Down war film
Of course, who wouldn’t recall the 2001 war movie Black Hawk Down starring famous movie actors like Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, and William Fichtner? This epic movie based on a true story about the Battle of Mogadishu with plot starting when a US task force tries to capture two enemy senior subordinates. The supposed less-than-half-hour mission results to 18 hours because the Somalia militia shot down two Black Hawk helicopters.
In this movie, the four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks were used. In 1972, manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army’s Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System competition. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the competition in 1976, after a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61. The UH-60A entered service with the Army in 1979, to replace the UH-1 Iroquois as the Army’s tactical transport helicopter.
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is 19.76m in length and 5.13m in height. It has a max takeoff weight of 10,660kg and max speed of 183mph. Powered by two T700-GE-701C turboshaft, the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk can carry two pilots and two crew chiefs or gunners.
Reptilian movie poster
Surely the famous Chinook Army CH47 is also widely recognized and used not only the army and Hollywood but also in foreign films like Junya Sato’s 1978 Japanese action drama Never give up and the Korean monster movie Reptilian or Yonggary.
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Chinook CH47s have appeared in many Hollywood films like the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider wherein the adventurous Lara Croft, played by Angelina Jolie, was dropped off by Chinook CH47 helicopters for a Siberian trip. And the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow, although most of the Chinook CH47s were CGI because only one was available at that time for filming. The Army’s fleet were overseas at the time.
The great flood of New York city in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow
The twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift Chinook CH47 is one of the few aircraft of in the 1960s that is still in production and front line service with over 1,179 built so far. It is primarily used for troop movement, artillery emplacement, and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks.
It has a length of 30.1m and a height of 5.7m. It has a max takeoff weight of 22,680kg and max speed of 196 mph. Powered by 2 Lycoming T55-GA-712 turboshaft, the Chinook CH47 can carry 3 pilots and 33-55 soldiers.
Designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s, the Chinook CH47 is now produced by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Chinooks have been sold to 16 nations.
These two helicopters are just some of the aircraft venturing into the entertainment business. There are lots of Hollywood aircraft which will be featured soon.
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At least 14 Americans were killed in two helicopter collided on Monday, military officials said. It was one of the deadliest days of the war for U.S. troops.
Quoting military sources, NBC News reported that seven American servicemen and three U.S. civilians were among the dead in a crash in the country’s west. Meanwhile, a US Army Ch-47 Chinook helicopter seen in operation in southern Afghanistan. Two helicopters collided in southern Afghanistan, killing four American troops and wounding two more, the military said.
Eleven American servicemen, one U.S. civilian and 14 Afghan civilians were also injured in the crash in western Afghanistan.
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