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QuadA2012: Composite rotor blades for Chinook to be fielded in 2016

3rd April 2012 - 13:28 GMT | by Tony Osborne

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The US Army is planning to field CH-47 Chinooks equipped with a new composite rotor blade in 2016, it has been revealed.

The Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades (ACRB) are currently under development by Boeing and are due to make a first flight on a Chinook in the summer of 2015. Tests suggest that the introduction of the blades will allow the CH-47F to produce an extra 2,000 lb of lift and hover with a full payload at 4,000 ft on a 95F day. 

Lt Col Joe Hoecherl, PM for CH-47 modernisation, told Shephard that the blades also had a greater

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Tony Osborne

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

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