Spain receives first remanufactured CH-47 Chinook helicopter

According to a PR published by Boeing on February 2, 2022, the first remanufactured CH-47 Chinook helicopter was delivered to the Spanish Army at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Spanish Army Airmobile Forces in Colmenar Viejo, Madrid.

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Spain receives first remanufactured CH 47 Chinook helicopter CH-47F Chinook helicopter (Picture source: U.S. DoD)

The aircraft is the first of 17 that will modernize the Spanish Chinook fleet, upgrading their existing CH-47D-model aircraft to the newer CH-47F model.

The CH-47F features a digital automatic flight control system, a common avionics architecture system, and advanced cargo handling to meet the Spanish Army’s modernization needs for increased operational capacity while ensuring interoperability with allied nations.

The Spanish modernization effort coincides with its European counterparts across the region. The Netherlands recently retired its last CH-47D Chinook in favor of the F-model configuration, while the United Kingdom purchased additional aircraft to upgrade its fleet.

With more than 950 aircraft in service with 20 international operators, including eight NATO nations, the Chinook brings the right mix of current and future capabilities to meet customers’ needs, including a global supply base for around-the-clock part availability, immediate international interoperability, and streamlined maintenance procedures.

The CH-47F Chinook is the Army’s only heavy-lift cargo helicopter supporting combat and other critical operations.

The CH-47F has a suite of improved features such as an upgraded digital cockpit featuring the Common Avionics Architecture System, a new monolithic airframe with vibration reduction, and the Digital Automatic Flight Control System, which provides coupled controllability for operations in adverse environments.