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AUSA 2012: Boeing preparing for next steps on Chinook roadmap

23rd October 2012 - 15:42 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Washington DC

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Boeing has begun flight tests with the new Cargo Onload Offload System (COOLS) for the CH-47 Chinook, one of a trio of enhancements set to be fitted to the aircraft in the coming years.

The COOLS system, is designed to speed up the loading and unloading process by introducing a multi-use floor. Sections can be flipped over to reveal rollers that allow easier unload and offload of pallets. The sections can then be turned back over to make for easier access for troops.

The system also improves the aircraft's ballistic protection levels. Work is continuing on the development of the

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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