Details Emerge of CH-47Fs for Singapore
Photos have emerged on the internet of the first Boeing CH-47F Chinook destined for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), with new features such as a chin-mounted EO pod, new SATCOM mounting on the fuselage, and an Elbit Systems defensive suite.
Photos show a CH-47F bearing the RSAF’s roundel and name on the aircraft, with FAA registration ‘N271GG’ landing at Wilmington, Delaware, not far from Boeing’s Philadelphia plant. The images show Elbit’s radar/missile warning receivers, chaff/flare dispensers and a winch by the starboard side door.
Like its CH-47SD fleet, Singapore opted for extended-range fuel tanks on the ‘F’, giving it twice the normal endurance.
Presently, Singapore’s ten CH-47SD helicopters do not have EO turrets but some are upgraded with SATCOM, a double winch and the Elbit helicopter protection suite first publicly seen in 2016.
Currently, there are 31 CH-47Fs in the FAA registry and, since India has confirmed 15 Chinooks via direct commercial sales (DCS), the remaining 16 Chinooks likely belong to Singapore’s DCS order. All 16 Singaporean Chinooks have registrations ending with ‘GG’, while Indian Chinooks have registrations ending in ‘RN’.
The Singapore MoD revealed in July that the Chinook and H225M programmes were delayed from late 2020 to early 2021, due to supply chain disruptions relating to COVID-19.
Elbit also announced in April that it has been awarded a $103 million contract to supply comprehensive electronic warfare suites for an ‘air force of an Asian country’ over three years.
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