Boeing CH-47F Chinook Fielded by US Army’s 10th Mountain Division

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Boe­ing [NYSE: BA] CH-47F Chi­nook heli­copter was field­ed July 30 by the U.S. Army’s B Com­pa­ny, 3rd Gen­er­al Sup­port Avi­a­tion Bat­tal­ion, 10th Com­bat Avi­a­tion Brigade, 10th Moun­tain Divi­sion, Fort Drum, N.Y. The 10th Moun­tain Divi­sion is the sixth Army unit to be trained and equipped with the air­craft.

“I am extreme­ly excit­ed that Boe­ing and the New Equip­ment Train­ing Team were able to field and train the com­pa­ny on the F mod­el Chi­nook so quick­ly,” said Capt. Michael Far­rell, Com­pa­ny B com­man­der. “With such a short peri­od of time between deploy­ments, this real­ly helped us focus on col­lec­tive train­ing.”

With field­ing com­plete, the unit will begin advanced mis­sion train­ing in the new air­craft, con­duct­ing sim­u­lat­ed assault, troop-trans­port and car­go-move­ment exer­cis­es. The 10th also will prac­tice high moun­tain oper­a­tions that use the advanced fea­tures of the CH-47F.

“Field­ing and train­ing the 10th Moun­tain Divi­sion is a proud moment for all of us at Boe­ing,” said Leanne Caret, vice pres­i­dent, Boe­ing H-47 Pro­grams. “Every­one on the pro­gram is focused on the needs of the warfight­er, and that is reflect­ed in the air­craft we build and deliv­er every day.”

The Chi­nook is built at Boeing’s Rid­ley Town­ship, Pa., facil­i­ty and fea­tures a new­ly designed, mod­ern­ized air­frame, Com­mon Avion­ics Archi­tec­ture Sys­tem (CAAS) cock­pit and Dig­i­tal Auto­mat­ic Flight Con­trol Sys­tem (DAFCS). The CAAS great­ly improves air­crew sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness, and DAFCS pro­vides dra­mat­i­cal­ly improved flight-con­trol capa­bil­i­ties through the entire flight enve­lope, sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved per­for­mance, and safe­ty in the harsh­est of envi­ron­ments.

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees world­wide.

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Con­tact:

Tom Mar­in­uc­ci
Rotor­craft Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
610–591-7057
thomas.g.marinucci@boeing.com

Andrew H. Lee
Rotor­craft Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
610–591-6670
andrew.h.lee2@boeing.com

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