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CH-147F Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopter
Royal Canadian Air Force - The CH-147F Chinook is an advanced, multi-mission, medium to heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary mission is the tactical transport of equipment and personnel during domestic or deployed operations. The Chinooks have been modified to meet requirements for operating with maximum effectiveness in Canada and on Canadian operations, including an increased internal fuel capacity that allows it to fly twice as far as previous models. 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, under the command of 1 Wing Kingston, Ont., and based in Petawawa, Ont., was re-established as the home of Canadaʼs fleet of 15 CH-147F Chinooks. These impressive workhorse helicopters are dramatically improved compared to the earlier models operated in the 1970s and 1980s and include a full range of leading-edge systems to permit them to operate effectively in a modern theatre of operations. Domestic roles for the F-model Chinooks focus on providing logistical or mobility support to the Canadian Army and Special Operations Forces, other Government departments, law enforcement agencies and other civil authorities. They also provide a vital capability to respond to humanitarian emergencies or natural disasters. The versatility, impressive capacity and extended range of the Chinook make it ideal for operations in Canadaʼs vast territory and demanding environment. Helicopter forces are also vital to supporting military operations in complex deployed environments. The new Chinooks have an enhanced self-protection capability, including advanced anti-missile protection systems, radar and laser warning systems, ballistic protection, self-defence machine guns and advanced electro-optical and infra-red sensors to detect potential threats and assist aircrew in operating in reduced visibility conditions.