Boeing-Vertol 114 / 234 / 414 / CH-47 Chinook
Following the evaluation of submissions by five US helicopter manufacturers, the US Army selected the Boeing Vertol Model 114 as most nearly meeting its requirements for a battlefield mobility helicopter. An initial contract for five YHC-1B pre-production examples was placed in June 1959, but soon after entering service these were redesignated YCH-47A and given the name Chinook.
The Model 114 was a larger and more powerful version of the same company's Model 107 (CH-46 Sea Knight). The non-retractable landing gear is of quadricycle configuratio, with twin wheels on each front unit and single wheels on each rear unit. Oleo-pneumatic shock-absorbers in all units. Rear units fully castoring; power steering on starboard rear unit. All wheels are size 24 x 7.7-VII, with tyres size 8.50-10-III, pressure 4.62 bars. Two single-disc hydraulic brakes each.
The Chinook's fuselage is built around a cargo bay, in front of which is the flight deck and above it, at either end, the pylons holding the transmission for the two rotors. The two turbine engines are installed on either side of the aft pylon. The fuselage has sealed and compartmented fairing pods on each side of the lower fuselage, extending for almost three-quarters of the fuselage length to supplement the buoyancy of the sealed lower fuselage for water operations.
Self-sealing pressure refuelled crashworthy fuel tanks are in the external fairings on sides of fuselage with a total fixed fuel capacity of 3,899 litres. Provision for up to three additional long-range tanks in cargo area, each of 3,028 litres give a maximum fuel capacity (fixed and auxiliary) of 6,927 litres.
The constant cross-section cabin with side door at front and rear-loading ramp that can be opened in flight. Access to flight deck is from the cabin. Behind the cargo bay is a hydraulically-actuated ramp which greatly facilitates loading and unloading operations. On either side of the fuselage are two large fairings, housing the fuel tanks, landing gear shock absorbers and battery for the electrical system. The cargo bay has a volume of circa 42cu.m and can carry either 44 troops, 24 stretcher cases plus two medical attendants, or a weight of between eight and 11 tonnes. A hoist at the front of the bay can be used for lifting loads vertically through a hatch in the middle of the floor or for lowering items to the ground. The Chinook also has a cargo hook at the center of gravity for carrying slung loads (covered by removable floor panel so that load can be observed in flight), enabling it to operate as a flying crane.
Two three-blade intermeshing contrarotating tandem rotors, the front rotor turning anti-clockwise, has rotor transmissions driven by connecting shafts from a combiner gearbox. Classic rotor heads with flapping and drag hinges are fitted with 225 rotor rpm. The manually foldable blades, usse Boeing Helicopters VR7 and VR8 aerofoils with cambered leading-edges, and the blades can survive hits from 23mm HEI and API rounds. A rotor brake is optional. To minimize the vibrations transmitted to the fuselage by the rotors, the helicopter has five vibration absorbers, one in the nose, two under the cockpit floor and two inside the aft pylon.
Differential fore and aft cyclic is for pitch attitude control, and differential lateral cyclic pitch (from rudder pedals) for directional control. Automatic control to keep fuselage aligned with line of flight. Dual hydraulic rotor pitch-change actuators: secondary hydraulic actuators in control linkage behind flight deck for autopilot/autostabiliser input; autopilot provides stabilisation, attitude hold and outer-loop holds.
A 67shp Solar turbine at the base of the aft pylon drives the electric generators and hydraulic pumps. The hydraulic system comprises a utility system, a No.1 flight control system and a No.2 flight control system. Electrical system includes two 40kVA air-cooled alternators driven by transmission drive system. Solar T62-T-2B APU drives a 20kVA generator and hydraulic motor pump, providing electrical and hydraulic power for main engine start and system operation on the ground.
Two pilots on the flight deck, with dual controls have a jettisonable door on each side of flight deck. Depending on seating arrangement, 33 to 55 troops can be accommodated in main cabin, or 24 litters plus two attendants, or vehicles and freight. Rear-loading ramp can be left completely or partially open, or can be removed to permit transport of extra-long cargo and in-flight parachute or free-drop delivery of cargo and equipment.
Main cabin door, at front on starboard side, comprises upper hinged section which can be opened in flight, and lower section with integral steps. Lower section is jettisonable. Triple external cargo hook system, with centre hook rated to carry maximum load of 11,793kg and the forward and rear hooks 7,711kg each, or 10,433kg in unison. Provisions are installed for a power-down ramp and water dam to permit ramp operation on water, for forward and rear cargo hooks, internal ferry fuel tanks, external rescue hoist, and windscreen washers.
The first YHC-1B made its initial flight on 21 September 1961, by which time the first production contract for CH-47A aircraft had been placed. These were powered initially by 1641kW Lycoming T55-L-5 turboshafts (subsequently by 1976kW T55-L-7 turboshafts), and deliveries of CH-47As began in December 1972.
The CH-47B replaced the original model, and was chosen by the US Army as the standard troop transport for the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile). The CH-47B is recognisable by the two thin fins at the base of the rear ramp, and has more powerful 2125kW T55-L-7C turboshafts, redesigned rotor blades and other detail refinements, the first of two prototypes making its first flight during October 1966, with deliveries beginning on 10 May 1967.
The CH-47B was followed by the CH-47C (Model 234) which had new 3802shp / 2,796kW T55-L-11A engines, strengthened transmission and new, larger 3,944 litres capacity fuel tanks. The first CH-47C flew on 14 October 1967 and deliveries began in spring 1968.
Nine aircraft similar to the CH-47C have been built for the Canadian Armed Forces, under the designation CH-147; deliveries began in September 1974. The CH-147 has the latest safety features and an advanced flight-control system, with a maximum land take-off weight of 22680kg and emergency water take-off weight of 20865kg.
Licence production of the CH-47C has also been undertaken by Ellicotteri Meridionali in Italy since 1970. Agusta, SIAI-Marchetti, and other Italian manufacturers are also involved in this programme.
After a number of setbacks, an order was confirmed for 26 CH-47Cs for the Italian Army and the first wholly Italian aircraft were delivered in 1974. The Italian order was followed first by an order for the Iranian Army (initially 20 aircraft) and then for Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Tanzania and Greece.
Under a US Army development programme, one each of the models CH-47A, CH-47B, and CH-47C were stripped down to the basic airframe, and rebuilt to an improved standard to serve as CH-47D prototypes. These upgraded CH-47Ds have more-powerful turboshaft engines and higher-rated transmissions; a redesigned avionics; and many design refinements. They also introduce an auxiliary power unit and a triple hook cargo-suspension system. Following a successful conclusion to flight testing of these prototypes by the US Army, Boeing Vertol started a programme of remanufacturing CH-47As to CH-47D standard, and the first of these was delivered in 1982.
The modernised CH-47D Chinook has been operational with the US Army since February 1984, and offers a payload more than twice that of the original CH-47A. Plans called for the eventual update of 436 CH-47A/B/Cs to D standard. Conversion rate was four per month, and the programme was scheduled to continue until 1993. Changes incorporated include uprated T55-L-712 engines and rotor transmission system, the latter with integral lubrication and cooling. Composite rotor blades are fitted, and avionics and other systems are upgraded. A CH-47D equipped with a retractable 11.6m (38ft) probe successfully completed in-flight refuelling trials with a USAF HC-130 tanker in 1985. Improvements developed for the CH-47D have been built into the current military export version, the CH-47D International Chinook (formerly the Model 414). Spain received six of these between July 1986 and April The 1987, with Bendix RDR-1400 weather radar mounted in the nose.
Under the designation Chinook HC. Mk 1, the Royal Air Force ordered 33 examples similar to the Canadian CH-147. They have British avionics and equipment, and a number of special provisions. The first was handed over in August 1980, and delivery of all 33 was completed during early 1982.
Ultimately, the CH-47 Chinook appeared in a D model with an export variant designated as the CH-47 "International Chinook".
Production by Boeing Vertol of new military Chinooks became limited to orders for the Model 414, which is an international export version and the MH-47E, a Special Forces variant of the CH-47D with night/low flying avionics and an inflight-refuelling probe.
Kawasaki license-produced the CH-47 "D" model as the CH-47J and CH-47JA models. The CH-47J is essen-tially a CH-47D International Chinook, and a total of 54 were required by the JASDF/JGSDF.
Australia signed an order for 12 CH-47C Chinooks in March 1972 and these aircraft went into service with 12 Squadron, RAAF, based at Amberley.
From January 1991, 100 CH-47Ds fitted with engine air particle separator (also available for RAF variant). Standard in MH-47E and optional in International Chinook are two AlliedSignal T55-L-714 turboshafts, each with a standard power rating of 3,108kW continuous and emergency rating of 3,629kW. CH-47SD has T55-L-714A turboshafts with maximum continuous rating of 3,039kW. FADEC installed on late production CH-47Ds and CH-47SD. Normal fuel capacity in CH-47DS and MH-47E is 7,828 litres, but MH-47E can also operate with three long-range tanks in cargo area, each containing 3,028 litres, bringing total fuel capacity to 16,913 litres. CH-47D SOA and MH-47E have 8.97m refuelling probe on starboard side of forward fuselage.
US Army modernized some 300 of their 431 D-models to CH-47F standard with more powerful engines, as well as vibration reduction, improved avionics and digital mission systems and map display. The CH-47F first flew early in July 2001.
In late 1965, the first Armed/Armoured Chinook (ACH-47) was officially rolled out and testing was begun. The Armed/Armoured Chinook mounts an array of armament, as well as armor to protect the crew and vital parts of the aircraft against heavy calibre ground fire.
Mounted on the nose was an M-5 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher. This turret-mounted weapon was controlled by the copilot, who was able to cover an extensive area on either side of the flight path. Complementing this nose turret, pylons on each side of the aircraft carried fixed forward-firing weapons including a 22mm gun and either a 19-round 2.75 inch rocket pod, or a 7.62mm high-rate-of-fire Gatling machine-gun.
The sides of the aircraft were protected by four gunners stationed two to either side of the cabin. Each of these gunners was provided with either a 7.62mm or 12.7mm calibre machine-gun on flexible mounts. Another gunner was stationed aft with the same type weapons mounted on the rear loading ramp. From this vantage point, the gunner could protect the aircraft from ground fire after the aircraft had passed. This aircraft carried a ton of expendable munitions. The Armed/Armoured Chinook was provided with a new type of steel armour plate which was built into the crew seats and protected their torsos. Similar in configuration to the CH-47A, three of these were evaluated in Vietnam, but no further examples were built.
Despite their design capability, on one memorable occasion in Vietnam a Chinook evacuated 147 refugees and their possessions in a single flight.
After the CH-47D, Boeing Vertol completed a project in summer 1978 for a commercial version of the same aircraft, primarily intended for operators of oil platforms but also suitable for the prospecting of remote areas.
The airframe of the Model 234 is based on that of the military Chinooks, but has many new features such as fiberglass blades of larger chord in place of metal ones, different-sized fairings along the sides of the fuselage containing fuel, a longer nose to house the weather radar and front landing gearwheels shifted farther forward.
Two versions of the Model 234 were available: Model 234LR - a long-range version with lateral fairings almost twice the size of the original Chinook ones, which have 6360kg fuel capacity, and Model 234UT - a utility version in which the fuel tanks of 1826kg are contained in four smaller fairings level with each wheel. The helicopter can be converted from one version to the other. The three rotor blades are interchangeable and maintenance has been reduced to a minimum, with considerable savings in running costs. The service life of the engines has also been increased to 1800 hours TBO.
The rotors of the civil Chinook are powered by two Textron Lycoming AL 5512 turboshafts, pod-mounted on sides of rear rotor pylon, via a combining gearbox and interconnecting shafts which enable both rotors to be driven in emergency by either engine. Each engine has maximum T-O rating of 3,039kW, maximum continuous rating of 2,218.5kW, and 30 minutes contingency rating of 3,247kW.
The passenger compartment of the long-range version has 44 seats arranged in four rows with a central corridor and there is a baggage compartment at the rear of the fuselage; it has a crew of three. The 234LR is fitted with cabin windows similar to those of the Boeing 727 airliner, airliner seats at 84cm pitch, overhead baggage lockers, and a number of other 'airliner' features. In all-passenger versions of the 234, a galley and toilet are fitted. A typical mixed combination in the utility version consists of 11 passengers and 7250kg of freight. This version also has a cargo hook at the center of the fuselage capable of lifting up to 12700kg, and external cargoes slung from as many as four separate hooks.
Long-range model has two fuel tanks, one in each fuselage side fairing, with total capacity of 7,949 litres. Utility model has two drum-shape internal tanks, with total capacity of 3,702 litres. Extended-range model has both fuselage side and internal drum tanks. Single-point pressure refuelling.
The 234LR has more power and greater take-off weight (23133kg with an external load compared with 20865kg of the military model). The helicopter can carry an internal load of 9526kg in the cabin, which is 9.19m long, 2.51m wide, and 1.98m high.
The first Commercial Chinook made its maiden flight on 19 August 1980, and FAA and CAA certification came on 19 and 26 June 1981 respectively. The FAA and CAA certificated the 234 LR Combi in the Summer of 1982.
The first order for the Boeing Vertol 234 came from British Airways Helicopters in 1978 for three (later increased to six), to meet a requirement for offshore work in the North Sea accepting the first in December 1980. Since then Helicopter Service in Norway and ARCO in Alaska have also put the type in service for offshore support.
The BV.234UT conversion for fire fighting and can carry a 3000 USG bucket as an underslung load. There are two 500 USG fuel tanks installed inside the fuselage, but 20 seats are retained.
Total 735 CH-47A/B/C built and 479 CH-47D/MH-47E conversions authorised for US Army. Another 166 built by Boeing for export customers together with 45 kits. Agusta (Meridionali) production totals 136, with Kawasaki having built 54 by January 1999. Total Chinook orders, including civil, amount to 1,155.
As well as for the US Army, the Chinook has been built for the Royal Australian Air Force (12) and the Spanish Ejercito del Aire (12), and others have been sold to Argentina, and Thailand.
CH-47A: Initial production version, powered by two 1,640kW Lycoming T55-L-5 or 1,976kW T55-L-7 turboshaft engines. Total 354 built for US Army.
CH-47B: Developed version with 2,125kW T55-L-7C turboshaft engines, redesigned rotor blades with cambered leading-edge, blunted rear rotor pylon, and strakes along ramp and fuselage for improved flying qualities. First of two prototypes flew for the first time early October 1966. Deliveries began 10 May 1967. Total 108 built for US Army.
CH-47C: Developed version with uprated transmissions and 2,796kW T55-L-11A; integral fuel capacity increased to 3,944 litres; first flight 14 October 1967; 270 delivered to US Army from Spring 1968; 182 US Army CH-47Cs retrofitted with composite rotor blades; integral spar inspection system (ISIS) introduced 1973 together with crashworthy fuel system retrofit kit. Transmissions of some As and Bs upgraded to CH-47C standard.
Agusta (Meridionali) built 136 by 31 December 1995.
CH-47D: US Army contract to modify one each of CH-47A, B and C to prototype Ds placed 1976; first flight 11 May 1979; first production contract October 1980; first flight 26 February 1982; first delivery 31 March 1982; initial operational capability (IOC) achieved 28 February 1984. First multiyear production contract awarded 8 April 1985 for 240 aircraft; second multiyear production contract for 144 CH-47Ds awarded 13 January 1989, bringing total CH-47D (and MH-47E) ordered to 472; further two Gulf War attrition replacements authorised August 1992 (these new-build); seven ex-Australian rebuilds funded June 1993 for delivery January to November 1995.
CH-47D update included strip down to bare airframe, repair and refurbish, fit AlliedSignal T55-L-712 turboshafts, uprated transmissions with integral lubrication and cooling, composite rotor blades, new flight deck compatible with night vision goggles (NVG), new redundant electrical system, modular hydraulic system, advanced automatic flight control system, improved avionics and survivability equipment, Solar T62-T-2B APU operating hydraulic and electrical systems through accessory gear drive, single-point pressure refuelling, and triple external cargo hooks. Principal external change is large, rectangular air intake in leading-edge of rear sail. Composites account for 10 to 15 per cent of structure. About 300 suppliers involved.
Test programme began late 1995 of Chinook with vibration-reducing dynamically tuned fuselage.
MH-47D Special Operations Aircraft: Two battalions equipped with 11 CH-47D SOA fitted with refuelling probes (first refuelling July 1988), thermal imagers, AlliedSignal RDR-1300 weather radar, improved communications and navigation equipment, and two pintle-mounted 7.62mm machine guns. Navigator/commander's station also fitted.
GCH-47D: At least 12 Chinooks grounded for engineer training.
JCH-47D: Two CH-47Ds modified for special testing.
MH-47E: Special Forces variant; planned procurement 51, deducted from total 472 CH-47D conversions but only 25 received, including 14 not covered by multiyear production contract; prototype development contract 2 December 1987. Prototype (88-0267) flew 1 June 1990; delivered 10 May 1991; initial production aircraft flown 1992. Following mission software problems, deliveries began January 1994; last of 26 (including prototype) received April 1995.
MH-47E has nose of Commercial Chinook to allow for weather radar, if needed; forward landing gear moved 1.02 m (3 ft 4 in) forward to allow for all-composite external fuel pods (also from Commercial Chinook) that double fuel capacity; Brooks & Perkins internal cargo handling system. Chinook HC. Mk 2/2A: RAF version; Mk 1 designation CH47-352; all survivors of original 41 HC. Mk 1s upgraded to HC. Mk 1B; UK MoD authorised Boeing to update 33 (later reduced to 32) Mk 1Bs to Mk 2, equivalent to CH-47D, October 1989; changes include new automatic flight control system, updated modular hydraulics, T55-L-712F power plants with FADEC, stronger transmission, improved Solar 71 kW (95 shp) T62-T-2B APU, airframe reinforcements, low IR paint scheme, long-range fuel system and standardisation of defensive aids package (IR jammers, chaff/flare dispensers, missile approach warning and machine gun mountings). Smiths Industries HUMS being installed. Requirement exists for FLIR. Conversion continued from 1991 to July 1995. Chinook HC. Mk 1B ZA718 began flight testing Chandler Evans/Hawker Siddeley dual-channel FADEC system for Mk 2 in October 1989. Same helicopter to Boeing, March 1991; rolled out as first Mk 2 19 January 1993; arrived RAF Odiham 20 May 1993; C(A) clearance November 1993. Final Mk 1 withdrawn from service, May 1994, at which time 11 Mk 2s received. Further three new-build Mk 2s ordered 1993, for delivery from mid-1995; decision to order further 14 Mks 2A/3 announced March 1995. Mk 2A has dynamically tuned fuselage. Total RAF procurement 58 CH-47C/D/Es. First HC. Mk 2A handed over in USA 6 December 1997; arrived UK for clearance trials 18 December; remainder delivered by end of 1998.
Chinook HC. Mk 3: Eight of 14 additional RAF Chinooks announced March 1995 assigned to Special Forces; configuration similar to MH-47E, including large fuel panniers, weather radar and refuelling probes. First flight mid October 1998; deliveries from March 2000.
HT.17 Chinook: Spanish Army version.
Boeing 414: Export military version; superseded by CH-47D International Chinook.
CH-47D International Chinook: Boeing 414-100 first sold to Japan; Japan Defence Agency ordered two for JGSDF and one for JASDF Spring 1984; first flight (N7425H) January 1986 and, with second machine, delivered to Kawasaki April 1986 for fitting out; co-production arrangement (see under Kawasaki). International Chinook available in four versions with combinations of standard or long-range (MH-47E type) fuel tanks and T55-L-712 SSB or T55-L-714.
CH-47SD 'Super D': Latest variant on offer for export; embodies some improvements first installed on the MH-47E for US special operations forces. AlliedSignal T55-L-714A turboshaft with FADEC chosen as standard power plant; single-point pressure refuelling and jettison capability on both sides of aircraft, with fuel contained in two ballistic and crash-resistant tanks; total usable capacity is 7,828 litres (2,068 US gallons; 1,722 Imp gallons); CH-47SD also has Smiths digital fuel quantity gauging system in place of Ragen analogue system. Simplified structure offers benefits in maintainability and reliability.
CH-47SD also incorporates modernised NVG-compatible cockpit with avionics control management system (ACMS), utilising proven military and commercial off-the-shelf equipment on single console to reduce pilot workload and with provisions for growth. Avionics suite is comparable to that of baseline CH-47D, but features two embedded INS/GPS units as well as AN/ARN-147 VOR/ILS and AN/ARN-149 ADF, plus space and power provisions for Tacan. Rollout scheduled for 31 October 1999.
CH-47F Improved Cargo Helicopter (ICH): Boeing programme for improved Chinook configuration for US Army involving the development and production of a new version that will remain operational and cost-effective until a new cargo helicopter is developed between 2015 and 2020 under the current Army Aviation Modernisation Plan.
234 LR Long Range: About twice CH-47 fuel load in composites tanks attached to fuselage flanks with anti-vibration mounts; flight deck floor on shockmounts; 44-passenger interior (on shockmounts), with toilet and galley, based on Boeing airliners; walk-on baggage bins on rear ramp; alternative mixed passenger/cargo or all-cargo layouts.
234 ER Extended Range: Typical configurations are 17 passengers and two tanks for additional 1,621km or 32 passengers and single cabin fuel tank; FAA certificated May 1983.
234 UT Utility: External fuel cells replaced by two cylindrical tanks in forward fuselage: FAA supplemental-type certificate October 1981 at maximum gross weight 23,133kg with external loads up to 12,700kg on single hook; approved for 24 passengers and operation at up to 3,660m at full gross weight. No known orders, but several converted to this configuration.
234 MLR Multipurpose Long Range: Similar to 234 LR but with utility interior; can be reconfigured in 8 hours; four men can handle cabin cylindrical fuel tanks and ramp baggage bins.
234-100: Commercial equivalent of CH-47D Chinook, proposed to be built in China under co-production agreement between Boeing and Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Company (HAMC). Minimum launch commitment set at 10 units, with at least 50 required over a five-year period to make it economically viable.
234 Combi: Firefighting modification by Columbia Helicopters equipped to carry 19 firefighters and equipment, capable of dropping 11,370 litres of water. Also carries 9,854 litre Bambi bucket.
Boeing Vertol Model 114
YHC-1B / YCH-47A Chinook
Engines: 2 x 1641kW Lycoming T55-L-5 turboshafts - subsequently 1976kW T55-L-7 turboshafts
Fixed fuel capacity: 3,899 lt
Long-range fuel: 2 x 3,028 lt
Maximum fuel capacity (fixed and auxiliary): 6,927 lt.
External cargo hook capacity centre: 11,793kg
External cargo hook capacity forward/rear: 7,711kg each
Max external load: 10,433kg
Engines: 2 x 1,640kW Lycoming T55-L-5 or 1,976kW T55-L-7 turboshaft engines.
Engines: 2 x T55-L-7C turboshafts, 2125kW / 2850 shp
Rotor dia: 60 ft 0 in (18.29 m)
Length: 99 ft 0 in (30.18 m)
Height: 18 ft 7 in (5.67 m)
Max TO wt: 40,000 lb (18,144 kg)
Max level speed: 144 mph (232 kph)
Model 234 / CH-47C
Engines: 2 x 3802shp / 2,796kW T55-L-11A
Fuel capacity: 3,944 litres
Length: 51 ft.
Length with rotors turning: 30.18m
Rotor dia: 18.29m, 60 ft.
Max speed: 286km/h
Cruise Speed: 257km/h, 120 knots
Ceiling: 15,000 ft.
Service ceiling: 3290m
Radius of Action internal fuel: 240km
Max ROA: 750km
Range: 1,420 miles.
Seating: 33 fully equipped soldiers
Empty weight: 9736kg
Max take-off weight: 17463kg
Internal load cap: 22,000 lb
External load cap: 25,000 lb
Crew: 2 pilots, 1 Loadmaster, 1 aircrew
Maximum land take-off weight: 22680kg
Emergency water take-off weight: 20865kg.
Engines: 2 x AlliedSignal T55-L-712 turboshafts, 4431shp
APU: Solar T62-T-2B
Rotor dia: 18.3 m.
Fuselage length: 15.5 m.
No. Blades: 2 x 3.
Length: 51.02ft (15.55m)
Height: 18.93ft (5.77m)
Maximum Speed: 180mph (290kmh; 157kts)
Maximum Range: 264miles (425km)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,522ft/min (464m/min)
Service Ceiling: 8,448ft (2,575m)
HIGE: 8200 ft.
HOGE: 4950 ft
Accommodation: 3 + 35 (up to 55)
Empty Weight:23,402lbs (10,615kg)
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 50,001lbs (22,680kg)
Payload: 12,065 kg.
Fuel cap: 3900 lt.
Model 414 / CH-47D International Chinook
Engine: 2 x Textron Lycoming T55-712 SSB, 4431shp.
Instant pwr: 2237 kW.
MTOW: 24,494 kg.
Payload: 10,670 kg.
Max speed: 156 kts.
HOGE: 10,100 ft.
Engine: 2 x Honeywell T55-GA-14A-714
Chinook HC. Mk 1
Chinook HC. Mk 1B
Chinook HC. Mk 2
Engines: 2 x T55-L-712F
APU: Solar 71 kW (95 shp) T62-T-2B
Chinook Mk 2A
Chinook HC. Mk 2/2A
Chinook Mks 2A/3
Chinook HC. Mk 3
CH-47 "International Chinook"
Engines: 2 x T55-L-712 SSB or T55-L-714
MH-47D Special Operations Aircraft
Engines: 2 x AlliedSignal T55-L-714 turboshafts, standard power rating of 3,108kW continuous and emergency rating 3,629kW
MTOW: 24,494 kg.
Payload: 12,284 kg.
Normal fuel capacity: 7,828 litres
Long-range fuel capacity: 16,913 litres
Max speed: 154 kts.
Max range: 1136 km.
HIGE: 9800 ft.
HOGE: 5500 ft.
CH-47SD 'Super D'
Engines: 2 x T55-L-714A turboshafts, maximum continuous rating 3,039kW
Normal fuel capacity: 7,828 lt (2,068 US gallons; 1,722 Imp gallons)
Armed/Armoured Chinook / ACH-47
Armament: 1 x M-5 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
1 x 22mm gun
1 x 19-round 2.75 inch rocket pod, or 1 x 7.62mm Gatling machine-gun.
5 x 7.62mm or 12.7mm calibre machine-gun
Engines: 2 x Textron Lycoming AL 5512 turboshafts T-O rating of 3,039kW, maximum continuous rating of 2,218.5kW, and 30 minutes contingency rating of 3,247kW.
TBO: 4000 hrs.
Main rotor: 60 ft.
Length: 99 ft.
Height: 18.7 ft.
Max ramp weight: 48,500 lbs.
Max takeoff weight: 48,500 lbs.
Standard empty weight: 25,200 lbs.
Max useful load: 23,300 lbs.
Zero fuel weight: 26,403 lbs.
Max landing weight: 48,500 lbs.
Max sling load: 28,000 lbs.
Max internal load: 9526kg
Disc loading: 8.6 lbs/sq.ft.
Power loading: 7.2 lbs/hp.
Max rate of climb: 1180 fpm.
Service ceiling: 8500 ft.
Hover in ground effect: 8500 ft.
Hover out of ground effect: 2700 ft.
Max speed: 145 kts.
Normal cruise @ 5000 ft: 135 kts.
Fuel flow @ normal cruise: 2650 pph.
Endurance @ normal cruise: 5.1 hr.
Cabin: 9.19m x 2.51m x 1.98m
Max usable fuel: 14,091 lbs / 7,949 lt / 6360kg
Passenger capacity; 44
Engines: 2 x Textron Lycoming AL 5512 turboshafts T-O rating of 3,039kW, maximum continuous rating of 2,218.5kW, and 30 minutes contingency rating of 3,247kW.
Engine TBO: 1800 hr
Rotor diameter: 18.29m
Length with rotors turning: 30.18m
Maximum gross weight: 23,133kg
Empty weight: 9576kg
Max speed: 269km/h
Hovering ceiling: 3155m
Service ceiling: 4570m
Fuel capacity: 1826kg / 3,702 lt
Cabin: 9.19m x 2.51m x 1.98m
Max external load: 12,700kg
234 MLR Multipurpose Long Range