Contract Calls For Conversion Of Helos To Support Role
A $125 million contract with Boeing to convert eight British
Chinook Mk3 helicopters to a support helicopter role was announced
by the Ministry of Defense Wednesday.
"Helicopters play a vital role in supporting our operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan," said Des Browne, Secretary of State for
Defence. "That is why we are taking measures to make more
helicopters available to operations as quickly as possible."
Browne added the new helicopters will deliver a significant
boost to the UK's operational heavy lift helicopter fleet. The
first converted helicopters are expected to be operational in
The eight converted Chinooks will join the existing fleet of 40
Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters, and will be based at RAF
Odiham in Hampshire.