US approves sale of CH-47F Chinook helicopters to Egypt

According to information published by the US government on May 30, 2022, the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion.

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US approves sale of CH 47F Chinook helicopters to Egypt  Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter (Picture source: Dutch MoD)

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a tandem rotor helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol. The Chinook is a heavy-lift helicopter that is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters.

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

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.

The CH-47F can fly at speeds of over 175 mph (282 km/h) with a payload of more than 21,000 lb (9,500 kg).