Aerial Cargo Transport (ACT)
The CH-47F concept began to materialize in the early 90's following Desert Storm. The initial concept was a four bladed system [versus the three blade CH-47] called Aerial Cargo Transport (ACT) with long range external fuel tanks, internal cargo handling system, and low maintenance rotor system (dry hub).
The United States Army, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Aerial Cargo Transport (ACT) MNS was validated by the Department of the Army. The ACT MNS addressed both the short-term cargo aircraft requirement (ICH) and the long-term requirement (the Joint Transport Rotorcraft). The Department of the Army's validation of the ACT MNS recognized the mission need for medium/heavy cargo transport, but deferred new start program funding due to current fiscal constraints.
ODSCOPS recognized the heavy lift need but there was not enough money for a new start program. They directed an update of the current CH-47D Operational Requirements Document (ORD) to extend the life of the CH-47 fleet while maintaining an economic solution. The purpose of the CH-47F is to bridge the gap until the funding is available for a new aircraft start (FY 2020 timeframe). The cargo helicopter modernization plan includes the CH-47F as an interim fix until the Joint (Future) Transport Rotorcraft (JTR) is developed.
The Aerial Cargo Transport (ACT) re-emerged subsequently in 2005 as the Advanced Tandem Rotor Helo [ATRH]
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