More than a combat workhorse, the Boeing CH-47 Chinook also protects the UK public through disaster relief, COVID-19 response, and more.
Fully modernised UH-60V takes flight
The US Army claims to have passed a significant milestone in its $1.1 billion UH-60V Black Hawk programme, with the first flight on 11 September of a fully refurbished, upgraded and reconfigured helicopter at the Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas.
A prototype of the V-model first flew in early 2017 but the latest flight marks the first time a fully recapitalised UH-60L airframe has taken to the air in UH-60V configuration.
Arguably the most notable feature of the UH-60V is its digital cockpit, featuring an integrated avionics suite from Northrop Grumman.
The UH-60V provides an integrated digital map, integrated performance planning, common functionality and commonality of training with UH-60M, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
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Over the past 40 years, the helicopter known as Bravo November has become symbolic of the qualities of the CH-47 Chinook, earning itself the nickname The Survivor along the way.
For those in the UK's CH-47 Chinook community, the answer is always two Chinooks - no matter what the question is.
The three additional MH-60R helicopters have been ordered as replacement-in-kind aircraft.
European-built helicopters have an unenviably poor reputation in the ADF, a sentiment exacerbated by the latest grounding of the MRH90.
OEM Boeing will remanufacture 12 AH-64E helicopters for the US Army by October 2024.