The Royal Canadian Air Force got its 5th Boeing CH-147F Chinook one month ahead of schedule, three months after the arrival of the first machine in June.
Boeing is scheduled to deliver two more CH-147Fs this year and another eight by June 2014 to provide Canada with its full order of 15 Chinooks.
The CH-147F Chinook is a medium-lift helicopter with a longer range than older examples thanks to a newer fuel system. Furthermore, the F-model features upgraded electrical systems and a digital automatic control system to help the pilot, especially with landings in difficult circumstances like dust kicking deserts. The so-called Aircraft Survivability Equipment suite includes a Directional Infrared Countermeasures system that increases the self-defences of the aircraft.