ThePointblank
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First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:18 am

Good looking helicopters, and it will be the permanent return of the Chinook to Canadian service ever since we sold off the old fleet to the Dutch in the 1990's.


http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/v2/nr-sp/index-eng.asp?id=13967

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First CH-147F Chinook helicopter welcomed to Canada
June 27, 2013

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence responsible for military procurement and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today welcomed the delivery of the Canadian Armed Forces' first new CH-147F Chinook helicopter at a ceremony at the Canada Reception Centre in Ottawa.

"The delivery of the new Chinook today clearly demonstrates our Government's commitment to provide our Canadian Armed Forces with the right equipment to do the many challenging jobs we ask of them," said Minister Findlay. "The Canadian Chinook F-model – designed especially for Canada's demanding operational and environmental requirements – will provide increased mobility and flexibility to the Royal Canadian Air Force."

"As initial crew training progresses, these new and much-improved Chinooks will certainly enhance the ability of the Canadian Armed Forces to conduct military operations wherever we are called to do so, including the rapid response to emergencies across Canada," said Minister MacKay.

The CH-147F Chinook is an advanced, multi-mission, medium- to heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary mission is the transport of equipment and personnel during both domestic and deployed operations, but it also provides a vital capability to respond to humanitarian emergencies such as fire, floods, and earthquakes. These Canadian Chinooks have been modified to meet requirements for operating in Canada, including the installation of long-range fuel tanks which allow it to fly twice as far as previous models. This dramatically increased range is particularly important for missions in Canada's vast northern regions.

They are also equipped with a state of the art electrical system, advanced radar and laser warning systems, three defensive machine guns and a laser-based active missile counter-measure system to defeat anti-aircraft missiles. This equipment will allow the Canadian Chinooks to be employed more effectively in a wider range of threat environments, while increasing the crews' safety and chances of mission success.

"The new CH-147F represents the most modern and advanced evolution of a helicopter design that has proven itself in military operations for many years," said Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, commander Royal Canadian Air Force. "Our six older D-model Chinooks saved many Canadian and allied lives in Afghanistan by reducing the exposure to deadly IEDs on the ground. These impressive new helicopters will also be a valuable addition to Canada's tactical transport capability for many years to come."

Pictures from Combat Camera:
http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/netpub/server.np?original=57999&site=combatcamera&catalog=photos

http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/netpub/server.np?original=58005&site=combatcamera&catalog=photos

http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/netpub/server.np?original=58019&site=combatcamera&catalog=photos

http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/netpub/server.np?original=58006&site=combatcamera&catalog=photos
 
spudh
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:19 am

It had its teething problems but its an amazing example of getting a design concept right. Its over fifty yers old but still class leading today. Sikorsky produced some iconic designs back in those days
 
Oroka
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:34 pm

Its an example of a great design that doesnt need to be replaced, just refined and improved on.
 
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:10 pm

Quoting spudh (Reply 1):
Sikorsky produced some iconic designs back in those days

I really want to see a CH-53K in action. I think it will make a fantastic helicopter visually and sound wise.
 
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kanban
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:15 pm

Quoting spudh (Reply 1):
Sikorsky produced some iconic designs back in those days

Did you mean Boeing or Piasecki?

Laughed at the first picture.. hadn't realized Canada grew day-glo grass.. they grow some potent stuff but.....
 
JohnM
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:44 pm

A great purchase by Canada. The new "Hooks" will serve them well.
 
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:52 pm

What's with the pod under the chin.

Is that for night operation? Search and rescue? Something that you can take off if you are only using it for regular transport duties?

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bigjku
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:09 pm

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 6):
What's with the pod under the chin.

Is that for night operation? Search and rescue? Something that you can take off if you are only using it for regular transport duties?

That might be the AN/AAQ 24(V). Though it really does not look like it they might just be using a different housing as I don't see it anywhere else on the helo.
 
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:50 pm

Quoting BigjKU (Reply 7):
That might be the AN/AAQ 24(V). Though it really does not look like it they might just be using a different housing as I don't see it anywhere else on the helo.

It's the Wescam MX-15 EO/IR turret. We only purchased 8 sets of AN/AAQ 24(V)'s for the 15 Chinooks, while we purchased 15 sets of MX-15's. I would imagine aircraft 1 doesn't have the AN/AAQ 24(V) installed.
 
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:41 pm

Quoting kanban (Reply 4):

Ohhh I hate it when I have a brain fart like that in public!!

I was thinking about the sea king, black hawk, super stallion line and lumped the Chinook into that group, completely forgetting it was a Boeing Vertol.

Of course it's still a classic piece of engineering at its best
 
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:11 am

Whats with the new camo pattern?
 
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RE: First Canadian CH-147F Delivered

Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:40 am

Quoting trex8 (Reply 10):
Whats with the new camo pattern?

It appears to be the same camo pattern as the CH-146's, but a lighter shade. But it might be the lighting playing tricks and the fact she's so new and shinny.

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