Royal Air Force crews will start training on the new Boeing Chinook HC.6 medium-lift tactical transport helicopter this Spring, the British Ministry of Defence confirmed.
Three of the 14 ordered UK equivalent to the CH-47F are already at RAF Odiham since the end of 2013, a delivery that stayed somewhat underneath the radar and has not been big announced by any of the services and companies involved.
Compared to the counterparts in service with the US Army the British newest Chinook model has other cockpit features, a different self defence suite and a communication system for UK needs. If none of the Chinooks will be written off, the British wokka wokka force will number 60 at the end of 2015. Apart from the 14 new HC.6s, the Royal Air Force will keep 8 older HC.3/HC.5s and 38 even older HC.2/HC.4s.
The UK is the biggest Chinook user outside the United States.
Source: Boeing/UK MoD