Boeing has delivered the last of 14 Chinook HC.6 heavy-lift helicopters to the RAF. The delivery coincides quite ceremoniously with the 35th anniversary of the introduction of the original Chinook HC.1 in to British service. The deal, worth £1bn, was awarded to Boeing in 2011 and includes fleet support for five years.
Broadly equivelent to the US Army’s CH-47F Chinook, the RAF’s Chinook HC.6 features a number of UK-specific upgrades designed to bring them up to a common standard with the HC.2/2A (to be redesignated HC.4 once all the upgrades have been completed) and HC.3 (HC.5) helicopters already in RAF service. These upgrades comprise the Project Julius enhancement to the cockpit and engines, the Project Baker enhancement to the defensive aids suite, and the Project Benic enhancement to the communications systems.