First flight of modified UK Chinook Mk3 helicopter
Jul 06, 2009 10:00 pm
Boeing Defence UK Ltd., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has announced that a UK Chinook Mk3 helicopter successfully completed its first test flight on June 6th at the Ministry of Defence's Boscombe Down facility, during the flight-testing and evaluation phase of the Mk3 reversion program.
A Boeing team that includes suppliers QinetiQ and GE Aviation Systems Ltd., working in collaboration with the Royal Air Force (RAF), is reverting eight Mk3s for compatibility with the RAF fleet of 40 Mk2s. The eight converted helicopters are scheduled for delivery from late 2009 through 2010 and will join the rest of the RAF Chinook fleet at RAF Odiham in Hampshire.
A Chinook helicopter can carry up to 55 troops or 10 tons of freight and be used in a variety of operational roles, including troop transportation and casualty evacuation.