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Helicopters. The Chinook Block II program moves to final assembly

First delivery is expected in 2023

Boeing and the US Army celebrated a major CH-47F Block II program milestone with the loading of the first Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) helicopter into final assembly on June 27.

The contract to develop the next-generation Chinook for the US Army conventional and Special Operations Forces was awarded to Boeing in July 2017. The Block II program incorporates several upgrades to increase lift capability, including Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades, an upgraded fuselage, new fuel system, and new drivetrain. These updates greatly increase the commonality between US Army and allied fleets, thus reducing maintenance costs.

The first Block II aircraft is expected to be completed in 2019, with flight testing scheduled shortly thereafter. First delivery is expected in 2023. Eventually, the Army will upgrade more than 500 units to the new configuration.

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