The Italian Army has conducted the maiden flight of the latest AgustaWestland
variant of Boeing
's heavy lift helicopter, the ICH-47F.
The flight lasted 15 minutes at the Vergiate base in Italy, with the pilot carrying out basic handling tests and main system checks. Italy's military procurement agency has 16 ICH-47F Chinooks on order, with deliveries scheduled through 2017.
Under an agreement with Chinook manufacturer Boeing, AgustaWestland is the prime contractor for the ICH-47F. Italy will use the new helicopters to replace its aging fleet of CH-47C Chinooks.
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