Bushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11932 times:
Since the news that has come out about the MH-47 being downed if Afghanistan, what are the differences in the spec. ops form and the regular chinook? Is it electronics? different engines? Any input would help.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11919 times:
Yeah its got miniguns, myriads of defeneses such as several chaff/flare dispensers, IR jammers, the refueling pod, and extra antennas. I've seen them at MacDills AFB where they routinely show off the MH-47 and MH-6.
Echster From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11775 times:
You're making me revert to my days as a pathfinder! Anyways, the Army is presently recapping these aircraft. They will convert more CHs into MHs and expand the 160th's H-47 role (I believe it adds 1 x battalion of H-47s). If you want, I can try to huntdown new info for the F and G model H-47s, but it'll take a while.
The CH-47 can operate at night and in nearly all weather conditions. The Chinook can accommodate a wide variety of internal payloads, including vehicles, artillery pieces, 33 to 44 troops, or 24 litters plus two medical attendants. The Chinook can be equipped with two door mounting M60D 7.62mm machine guns on the M24 armament subsystem and a ramp mounting M60D using the M41 armament subsystem. The center cargo hook can carry 26k pounds, the fore and aft cargo hooks can carry 17k pounds each (by themselves) or a combined 25k pounds.
The MH-47 is provided with increased fuel capacity, including an aerial refueling capability, upgraded engines, improved terrain following/terrain avoidance radar, and a Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) imaging capability for low-level, night, adverse weather insertion and extraction of special operations troops. The MH-47 has demonstrated superior range, lifting capacity, communications, navigation, and survivability. It can operate from a variety of Navy ships. The MH-47 is armed with two M134 7.62mm mini guns. The MH-47s cargo hook strength is not available.