The Royal Air Force will continue to operate the CH-47 Chinook heavy helicopter for many years to come. Indeed, an agreement was signed on March 25 between the British authorities and the Pentagon, concerning an order for 14 MH-47Gs as well as engines, weapons and defense systems, for a total amount of $ 2 billion. This order, under discussion since 2018 and initially covering 16 aircraft, will ultimately be postponed for 3 years at the request of the British authorities, in order to absorb the budgetary effects of the Covid19 crisis. The new aircraft will replace the oldest of the 60 CH-47s still in service with the Royal Air Force, and will maintain a heavy vertical lift capacity beyond 2040, according to the RAF.
This is the 4th order of this aircraft carried out by the Royal Air Force since 1978, and 72 aircraft have already been delivered to Great Britain from 1980. They played key roles in all the conflicts in which the British forces have participated since their entry into service, the Falklands War, during which only one of the 5 CH47s dispatched survived the attack on the container ship Atlantic Convoyer by Argentinian Super-Etendards equipped with AM39 Exocet missiles, the First World War. Gulf where a CH47 transported the SAS Bravo Two Zero team which will be made famous by the eponymous novel by Chris Ryan, author of the novel and the series Strike Back, as well as in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and more recently in Mali in support of the French force Barkhane. The British Chinooks are deployed by the 27th and 18th B Squadron, and the 7th Special Forces Squadron at Odiham Base in Hampshire 100 km east of London, and the 28th R Squadron from Henson Base a few 40 km further north.
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