Spain modernizing Chinook fleet with CH-47F variant

Spain is augmenting its heavy lift capability with the proposed acquisition of Boeing CH-47F helicopters.

U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of 17 CH-47F aircraft to Spain for an estimated cost of $1.3 billion

The Spanish CH-47F fleet will feature unique customer specific modifications, Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) AN/AAR-57A and Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation System (INS).

The tandem rotor Chinooks primary mission is transport of troops, artillery, equipment, and fuel.

The Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (Spanish Army Aviation) currently operates seventeen older CH-47Ds.

With a cruise speed of 291 km/h (157 KTAS), the Chinook has a mission radius of 200 nm (370.4km), Service Ceiling of 6,096 m (20,000 ft), Max Gross Weight of 22,680 kg (50,000 lbs) and can carry a useful payload of 24,000 lbs (10,886 kg).