WILL A HUMVEE FIT INSIDE A CH-47 CHINOOK?

YES! But it is a very tight fit…

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After doing some research it seems that the Special Operations guys will load a Humvee into a 160th SOAR MH-47 Chinook with a special forces team already seated in it as they cannot access the cabin when the HMMWV is packed inside as it is such a tight fit. On approach to the LZ they will start their engine and literally tear out of the back of the chopper once the ramp is lowered, probably with some help from one of the helicopter’s crew chiefs.

Carting a full-sized Humvee and its occupants (at least one) inside a lumbering tandem rotor Chinook is a pretty cool capability but it also a risky one. If the helicopter crashed or was hit by enemy fire the troops seated in the entombed Humvee would be locked inside, for lack of a better term, of their vehicle and would not be able to egress with the rest of the helicopter’s passengers and crew. Unless of course the driver was physically able to pull a “BA Baracus,” busting out the rear of the stricken Chinook. I do have to say, that such a feat would be one of the coolest things on earth to see go down with your own eyes. With this revelation in mind, let’s all hope that none of the Fast and The Furious screenplay writers are reading this blog…

Incidentally, the Spec Ops guys are not the only Chinook operators who cart around Humvees internally. It looks like the Michigan ANG also has a penchant for packing these trucks in their CH-47s as well.

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2 Responses to WILL A HUMVEE FIT INSIDE A CH-47 CHINOOK?

  1. esmoore5 says:

    The Army is casting about for a new Ultra Light Combat Vehicle:

    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/01/28/army-looks-to-build-air-droppable-armored-vehicle.html

    Quote:

    “Here are some of the initial requirements that Maneuver officials are
    searching for:

    — Internally transportable by CH-47 Chinook helicopter in combat
    configuration under high/hot conditions.

    — Sling-load transportable by UH-60 in combat configuration under
    high/hot conditions.

    — Air-droppable from C-130 and C-17 aircraft in combat configuration.

    The ULCV would have to carry up to 3,200 pounds, or a nine-man infantry
    squad, with equipment. It would have a range of up to 300 miles on
    internal fuel and would need to be able to travel across country and on
    trails as well as over rubble in an urban combat environment, the
    document states.”

    This might be a better fit for the Chinnok than the Hummer, *if* the Army can keep size/weight growth under control (big “if”).

  2. Dainon says:

    As long as the Army doesn’t want armor (which is a poor substitute for control territory, anyway; and if they require armor, this vehicle is pure unicorn), the RSOV almost meets these requirements right now. Scaling it up to add two more dudes shouldn’t be difficult, and wouldn’t require NEARLY $100 million.

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