AIRCRAFT NUMBERS: The U.S. Army will upgrade all of its CH-47 Chinooks to the new CH-47F models by 2018, the service says. The Army's new acquisition plan will buy 55 new CH-47F models, have 397 helicopters remanufactured into CH-47Fs and have 61 remanufactured to the CH47G used by Special Forces units. Total procurement costs through 2018 will be $11.4 billion. When the helicopters are remanufactured, they will be rebuilt from the ground up, with the aircraft receiving new airframes, the ...

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