An order for 14 Boeing H-47(ER) Chinook helicopters in a deal worth £1.4 billion has been placed by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).
This deal will see 14 ‘extended range’ chinooks join the Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet starting in 2026 helping it to phase out older airframes.
Extended range Chinooks carry around twice the fuel load of a standard model allowing to operate in a larger area and stay airborne for longer.
The new aircraft will also come equipped with a fully digital flight deck and automated flight systems.
Defence secretary Ben Wallace said: “From assisting emergency repairs to UK flood defences, providing vital logistics support during COVID-19 to its warfighting role on Afghan battlefields, the Chinook has been the workhorse of the Armed Forces for over 40 years”.
He further mentioned that the cutting-edge H-47 (ER) will be at the forefront of their specialist requirements in dealing with threats and logistic support.
All the new aircraft will be based at the UK home of the Chinook, RAF Odiham.