The U.S. military said the Chinook helicopter crash will not change the status and role
“support Chinook, “Formation Flying “Chinook” transport force called the strong
This is not the first fall, but is it a most astound the world.
as a heavy transport helicopter, known as “air Hercules,” the CH-47 “Chinook” helicopters since its birth will take a leading role, since its upgrade still in progress. Debate about its advantages and disadvantages of the body, almost every time around it started falling and dense.
Well, it’s experience yesterday, real situation and the future fate of the How? This paper attempts to use three punctuation marks, and sketched the helicopter’s “Life” also was shot down trying to touch it heavy.
exclamation point: refresh deadly record
no one would have thought, “Chinook” in such a way again to the world to draw a heavy exclamation point.
8 5 March, NATO a “Chinook” armed transport helicopter in Afghanistan Wardak province, Taliban militants shot down, killing 38 people. 11, the Pentagon announced a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan by the Taliban shot down 30 U.S. troops killed in action list. They are: 17 “Navy Seals” members, aged between 24 and 44 years, no one involved in allegedly killed bin Laden in Pakistan, special operations; 5 support the “Navy Seals” actions of the U.S. Navy especially members of the war; three members of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Army helicopters and five crew members. Also killed seven Afghan soldiers and an army translator.
This is the war in Afghanistan the past 10 years the U.S. military once deadliest incident, “Chinook” once again set a deadly record.
history often there are too many striking similarities. Taliban, Chinook, SEALs … … these details are too easy to trigger people’s memories for 2005.
June 28 of that year shrink from about 19,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan received a mountainous area in eastern Kunar province, sent a signal for help. Received signal for help, the four “Chinook” helicopters at once, fully loaded, including “Navy Seals” in Kunar Province, rescue fly at the mountainous border with Pakistan. This is the U.S. shocked the world, “Red Wing action.” That action, a “Chinook” by the Taliban shot down all of the 16 U.S. troops killed, eight of which are “Navy Seals” team … …
there since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan 101 U.S. military helicopter crashed there 17 was shot down. The crash, “Chinook” accounted for more than half. “Chinook” is also military experts known as the “fatal helicopter.”
comma: “Hercules” upgrade in progress
CH-47 “Chinook” heavy transport helicopter rotor is the most typical two-column structure, a large cabin, external lifting is also very convenient. “Chinook” became famous in the Vietnam War, and in the Gulf War is widely used to perform in-depth combat missions. Combat proven, CH-47 “Chinook” is a first-class helicopter. Its unique rotor system, drive it all the tactical and technical performance has been significantly improved, especially its ability to lift load artillery, more far behind other transport helicopters.
it into the establishment of an M-198 howitzer artillery quickly transported to regions far from the base of operations, landing blow after the rapid formation of fire. When discovered by the enemy and responding, “Chinook” can be quickly transferred to the gun safe place. Using this method, within 24 hours, 10 “Chinook” can be transported to a battery 36 different positions.
may not be replaced because of this ability has been developed since 1956, by the military as the “air Hercules” and “Chinook” has been in upgrading.
1982 年 to 1994, Boeing has upgraded CH-47A type, CH-47B model, CH-47C model, until the CH-47D type “Chinook” helicopters, CH-47F Upgrade now plan is still in progress. Upgrade plan calls for all of the Army CH-47D “Chinook” helicopters, most of the upgrade for the CH-47F model.
CH-47D type “Chinook” helicopters, a prominent issue is the vibration problem. Upgrade has been adjusted to the body, its structure is more rigid, reducing vibrations to reduce the weight of the vibration suppression system. As part of the rigidity of the body, mostly in the upper part of the front, so the use of a new CH-47F cockpit. Lower vibration can reduce the use and maintenance costs, while improving avionics and control system reliability.
CH-47F is also equipped with an improved data modem, to receive from the air or ground platform’s command and situation reports. However, in order to control costs and reduce the difficulty of integration, CH-47F is still using the existing electrical machinery apparatus to display engine parameters. Although the CH-47F with a new data bus, but not yet installed forward-looking infrared night vision sensors.
It is estimated that the upgraded CH-47F “Chinook” helicopters, improved service in the Army at least 2033.
question mark: whether the older generation crew
Although the U.S. military for “Chinook” was shot down back and forth gives his own interpretation, but in the world spotlight, This has fired half a century of service in the crew’s eyes still full of heavy question mark: “Chinook” movement big, noisy, Target, the suitability of the raid as a means of delivery? Why large-scale delivery of dozens of soldiers armed helicopter escort transport helicopters did not? Of a net weight 20 tons, length 30 meters, about 260 kilometers per hour helicopter, to avoid enemy fire is not equipped with electronic detection system? “Chinook” would result from active service?
clear answer to these question marks are still in the silence of the “Chinook” body.
“Chinook” is indeed a “slow fat man.” However, it is slow at low altitude, high-flying fast and “Chinook” can carry more than 30 people, while another Zhu’a U.S. military used helicopter CH-60 “Blackhawk” can only carry 10 people. If twenty-three “Black Hawk” simultaneous action, the target would be greater demand for more communication and coordination. In addition, the action destined for the valley, take over the mountain, “Chinook” than “Black Hawk” has a stronger ability to climb.
U.S. Pentagon Army spokesman Gary Toman said the U.S. military CH-47D helicopters are all equipped with airborne anti-missile defense system able to cope with enemy radar and missile threats. But low-flying, especially when encountered shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenades and the like behind the weapons, “Chinook” is tantamount to fall into “close knife fight.” Non-guided weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, can only use such weapons against armor. The armor is too thick will result in climbing difficulty in maneuvers in the mountains. U.S. existing armor, including AH-64 type helicopters “Apache” helicopters and “Cobra” helicopter armor, can only carry two passengers.
on defense issues, the U.S. “Time” magazine senior defense correspondent Mark Thompson, the author reminds, even if there is a similar AH-1 “Huey Cobra” attack helicopter escort type, disaster is still inevitable. Because the incident is a mountain, there are numerous hiding places. Taliban militants can hide in the shelter, waiting for the emergence of a large helicopter fired grenades. Shoulder-fired grenade accuracy is poor, goals more successfully attack the Taliban will not understand the truth.
As for the decommissioning, 10-day commander of U.S. forces press conference Zhu’a John Allen has been done to answer, he told reporters: “Last year, the International Security Assistance Force to use the helicopter more than 2,000 missions, this is the only time by enemy fire and the crash happened. … We lost the plane ‘Chinook’ … does not mean others will not use the same model helicopter to perform special tasks. “
experts also believe that, although there are some performance limitations, but compared with the Army’s ground combat vehicles, helicopters and overcome obstacles with the dual advantages of speed, you can imagine in the future, the helicopter is still irreplaceable.