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Quad A 2017: Plans advance for Chinook Block II

19th April 2017 - 13:00 GMT | by Jim Dorschner in Washington DC

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The first of more than 1,200 Chinooks produced for more than 19 operators around the world was delivered to the US Army on 16 August 1962.

Current plans for a Block II variant, set to enter service from 2020, make it entirely possible that this venerable heavy-lift helicopter will stay within its role for a century.

The Block II Chinook programme is the next evolutionary step in the life of the platform, involving yet another menu of upgrades.

While not all the technologies going into the Block II upgrade have been identified yet, two options already under development are

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Jim Dorschner is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years service roughly split …

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