Boeing and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) have conducted the first flight of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at Summit Aviation in the US.

The new Chinooks are equipped with survivability equipment, a forward-looking infrared system and fast rope positions to support special forces operations.

The flight tests included assessments of the advanced operational capabilities of the avionics control and management system cockpit and newly integrated digital automatic flight control system.

The Dutch MoD and Boeing are also evaluating a potential upgrade of the current CH-47D Chinook fleet to the new CH-47F configuration.

The deliveries of the aircraft is expected to begin later this year, making the RNLAF the first international customer to field the new CH-47F.

The RNLAF has ordered six CH-47F Chinooks to enhance its current fleet of 11 CH-47D aircraft.