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Thursday, October 18, 2007

U.K. Chinooks Will Begin Flying

Eight Boeing CH-47 Chinook HC3s grounded by the U.K. in 2001 and placed in storage could be flying by 2009, according to the Defence ministry’s defence news. The aircraft had been purchased to support soldiers in Afghanistan. Although the aircraft were delivered in 2001, an avionics system that could not be certified kept the aircraft from flying. This year, the U.K. Defense Ministry signed an initiative for £235 million ($480 million) covering the modification of the aircraft and also covers the acquisition from Denmark of six AgustaWestland EH101 Merlins HC3As. Those six helicopters, originally bought from AgustaWestland by the Danish government, were transferred to the U.K. to increase operations.  A follow-on contract expected to be signed by the end of the year will include modification work scheduled to take place in 2009. For related news

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