The U.S. Army and Boeing's rotorcraft operations here are on track with plans to modernize and extend the life of some 300 of the service's 431 D-model CH-47 Chinooks, a move that will keep the twin-rotor aircraft in the Army's inventory until around 2033. Avionics, structural, powerplant and maintainability upgrades, now planned for the aircraft, are expected to reduce the CH-47F's operating costs by about 20% compared to current D-model Chinooks (AW&ST May 17, 1999, p. 65). ...

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