Boeing Helicopters has begun building the first of six CH-47SD heavylift helicopters destined for an un-named foreign customer, which is believed to be Singapore. The helicopter will also incorporate improvements to the CH-47D Chinook, due for roll out on 31 October, 1999. Improvements include a fully integrated glass cockpit, more powerful engines and full authority digital engine control. Long range fuel tanks double the operational range of the D-model Chinook. Developed by Honeywell, cockpit instrumentation includes a digital map, forward-looking infra-red, head-up display and weather radar.

Source: Flight International