The Italian Army received its first two Boeing/AgustaWestland ICH-47F Chinook helicopters during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy on 2 October 2014.
The Esercito Italiano has ordered another 14 Foxtrot Chinooks, bringing the total ICH-47F fleet to 16 in 2017. The new Chinooks will be operated by the 1°Reggimento dell’Aviazione dell’Esercito ‘Antares’ (Italian Army Aviation 1st Regiment “Antares”) based in Viterbo – somewhat north of Rome – and they will replace the CH-47C Chinooks that have been in service since 1973 serving with 111° Squadroni ETM and 112° Squadroni ETM.
The ICH-47F customised version incorporates a secure communications system, self-protection system and advanced datalink system. This new ICH-47F Chinook variant has a Maximum All Up Weight (MAUW) of 23 tons, is equipped with two Honeywell T55-GA-714A engines giving it excellent “hot and high” capability and is suitable for all weather operations.
The primary tactical mission of the ICH-47F aircraft is to provide air transportation for equipment and troops. Cargo can be carried internally and externally using the aircraft’s cargo hook system. The helicopter’s payload, long range and high cruise speed make it a unique asset to meet the Italian Army’s needs and can additionally perform special support functions, disaster relief and firefighting roles.
Source: AgustaWestland / Aviazione dell’Esercito