British RAF to buy 14 new Chinook helicopters in billion dollar deal.

RAF Chinook HC2 (military registration ZA682) displaying at Kemble Air…

RAF Chinook HC2 (military registration ZA682) displaying at Kemble Air Day 2008, Kemble Airport, Gloucestershire, England. Image: Adrian Pingstone

The RAF is to receive 14 new Chinook helicopters in a £1bn contract, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The deal, with US firm Boeing, will bring the total force of Chinooks to 60 – the biggest capability in Europe.

Announcing the deal at RAF Odiham, in Hampshire, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said the government was “committed to delivering a top-class equipment programme that is properly funded”.

It has room for 54 troops or can carry at least 25,000lb (11,340kg) of freight.

Source: BBC.co.uk

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