MH-47 Chinook Helicopters
The MH-47 Chinook family of helicopters are advanced versions of CH-47 Chinooks flown by the US Army. The MH-47E and G Chinooks are the heavy lift component of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).:
160th SOAR Chinooks are used for :
MH-47is the only US Army helicopter capable of supporting Special Operations in the more mountainous regions of Afghanistan and as such it plays a major role in that theater.
MH-47 - Variants
The 160th SOAR have operated several flavors of MH-47 during its history
An early model, built around the CH-47D airframe brought into service with the Night Stalkers in the mid-eighties. Initially lacking many of the refinements added to later birds, many MH-47Ds have been steadily improved with better engine control systems, refueling probes. All of the 11 MH-47Ds once in the 160th SOAR inventory have now been upgraded to MH-47G standards.
The 'Echo' is similar to the MH-47D but with more powerful engines (T55L-714 vs the D model's T55-L712), enhanced management software, improved fuel capacity via integral fuel tanks and more advanced defensive avionics. The E model helicopters have been in service with the 160th SOAR since 1993. An upgrade program is underway that is steadily remanufacturing the MH-47E to MH-47G standards.
Based around the CH-47F, the 'Golf' is the newest and most advanced MH-47. It features a number of improvements of previous models such as:
MH-47 - Equipment
A host of special gear, tailored to special operations, is carried by the MH-47.
MH-47s are armed with M134 7.62mm electrically-operated, air-cooled gatling guns, fitted in firing the left port/ right cabin door behind the cockpit. E/G models also have M240 7.62mm belt-fed machine guns fitted to windows towards the rear.
The MH-47 features a refueling probe, FLIR pod and terrain-following radar.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Matthew R. Loken
Extraction / Insertion Gear
Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES)
MH-47 - Crew
The MH-47s are typically crewed by 5 Night Stalkers:
MH-47 (MH-47G) Specifications
A MH-47E flown by the 160th SOAR
US Dod photo: MSGT Chris Dries, USAF
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