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In a festive ceremony, the Defensie Helicopter Command of the Dutch Armed Forces took over the first CH-47F MYII CAAS (Common Avionics Architecture System). In 2015, the Netherlands decided to replace eleven CH-47Ds, modernize six CH-47Fs to the MYII CAAS standard and purchase another three new machines.

The arrival of the new CH-47 Chinook, Photo: Defensie

The new CH-47F corresponds to the standard version of the US Army. She has a modern cockpit and precise navigation equipment. The communication equipment enables constant data exchange in order to obtain an up-to-date and precise picture of the situation. The new maintenance system also detects signs of wear and tear at an early stage. The Netherlands added a self-protection package with a missile warning and infrared suppression system, crash-proof seats in the cockpit and a VHF (very high frequency) radio for safe communication with Dutch units. In addition, the aircraft will be equipped with the Fast Rope System for the deployment of special forces. Military personnel can exit a flying chinook on a rope.

The delivery of the other 19 new machines should be completed by mid-2022. A video of the arrival of the new Chinook can be found here.

Gerhard Heiming