FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Fort Riley continues to receive the latest technology the Army has to offer, especially when it comes to their helicopter fleets.
The 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division received several of the CH-47F Chinook helicopters at Marshall Army Airfield Thursday.
Fort Riley is receiving 10 of the cargo choppers, which come equipped with improved avionics and higher altitude capabilities.
The newest version of the helicopter modernizes the cockpit, upgrading the display from dials to computer monitors.
“It brings with it a whole new level of communications and avionics architecture that the old models have never had and never even thought about having. It opens up the situational awareness for the pilots which is dramatically improved over the previous versions and what that correlates to us is our ability to bring our customer, which is the ground force, more accurately and safer to the target where they need to be and with the right equipment that they need to get there,” said Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hughes, 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation Commander.
The newest Chinook helicopters will accompany the 1st CAB on an anticipated 2013 deployment to Afghanistan.