Royal Air Force orders 14 MH-47G Chinook heavy helicopters

The Royal Air Force will continue to implement 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-47G Chinooks as well as engines, armament and defense systems, for a total amount of $2 billion.

This order, under discussion since 2018 and initially covering 16 aircraft, will finally be postponed for three years at the request of the British authorities, in order to absorb the budgetary effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The new aircraft will replace the oldest of the 60 CH-47s still in service with the Royal Air Force, and will help maintain heavy vertical lift capability beyond 2040, according to the Royal Air Force.

This is the 4ᵉ order for this aircraft made by the Royal Air Force since 1978, and 72 aircraft have already been delivered to Great Britain from 1980. They played key roles during all the conflicts in which British forces participated from their entry into service.

During the Falklands War, only one of the five Chinooks shipped survived the attack on the container ship Atlantic Convoyer by Argentine Super-Etendards equipped with AM39 Exocet missiles. During the first Gulf War, a CH47 transported the SAS Bravo Two Zero team which would be made famous by the eponymous novel by Chris Ryan, author of the novel and the Strike Back series. The same was true in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and more recently in Mali in support of the French Barkhane force.

The British Chinooks are implemented by the 27ᵉ and 18ᵉ B Squadron, and the 7ᵉ Squadron of the special forces on the base of Odiham in Hampshire 100 km east of London, and the 28ᵉ Squadron of the base of Henson some 40 km further north.

The MH-47G chinook will replace the CH-47s in service with the Royal Air Force for several decades
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