About the MH-47G Chinook :
The Boeing MH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine,
tandem-rotor, heavy-lift helicopter. They are operated by the 160th
Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), or ‘Night Stalkers’.
These helicopters are flown in the heavy assault role, which
includes insertion and extraction of the Special Operations Forces.
This ‘G’ variant, also known as “Golf”, is the most current and
sophisticated MH-47 currently in service. They include new build
airframes with electrical and hydraulic lines.
The MH-47G features numerous upgrades to set it apart from the
other variants. The cockpit is full-glass and digital to make it
compatible with night vision goggles. Sensors on the helicopter
include a forward-looking infrared and electro-optical camera,
multi-mode radar with terrain-following, avoidance, and weather
detection modes. In addition, this helicopter is equipped with ample
amounts of communication gear, defensive systems, extraction and
insertion gear, and a large fuel tank for longer flights. This
crucial equipment is to provide the maximum support for soldiers and
ensure the success of the mission.
Crew: Five(5) (pilot, co-pilot, three crew
Engine: Two(2) x Textron Lycoming T55-4-714
Maximum speed: 259 mph
Range: 1,382 km
Armament: Four(4) gun stations with two(2) x m134 7.62mm
mini-guns (front), two(2) x M240D 7.62mm machine guns (rear)
The MH-47G Chinook - includes the following features:
Measures over 29 inches (75cm) long
Opening cargo ramp, opening roof
In-flight refueling probe
forward-looking infrared (FLIR)