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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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