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Netherlands starts upgraded CH-47F deliveries

14th April 2021 - 20:24 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


An RNLAF CH-47F upgraded Chinook takes flight at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. (Photo: RNLAF)

The Royal Netherlands Air Force has welcomed a new CH-47F heavy-lift helicopter, fitted with an upgraded cockpit.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has taken delivery of a newly upgraded CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, the first of 20 under the country‚Äôs Multiyear II (MYII) Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS) programme.

To mark the occasion Gilze-Rijen Air Base, North Brabant, hosted a delivery ceremony on 14 April with military personnel including Lt Gen Dennis Luyt, Commander of the RNLAF, in attendance. 

CH-47F CAAS-configured aircraft are fitted with a new digital cockpit management system, integrated communication systems, navigation systems and improved self-protection equipment.

A variety of operational and economic benefits are central to the CAAS programme. 

'This [upgrade] provides economies ...

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