STOCKTON, Calif. — The recent delivery of 10 new CH-47F Chinook helicopters to the California Army National Guard brought a significant upgrade from that airframe’s aging predecessor, the CH-47D, one that should mean a higher operational readiness rate and a higher level of situational awareness. Equipped with the Common Avionics Architecture Structure (CAAS), the CH-47F has an array of sensor and data technologies, making this a Chinook for the digital age. “It practically flies itself,” a crew member said. “In 15 years they will probably be fully autonomous.”


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