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Canadian Delta Chinooks pave way for Foxtrot buy

27th May 2011 - 09:41 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan


Experience garnered from Canada's urgent buy of Chinooks for use in Afghanistan is helping to pave the way for the country's CH-147F purchase.

For nearly three decades, the Canadians have been an 'on and off' user of Boeing's heavylift helicopter.

The armed forces had previously operated Chinooks up until 1992 when the type was retired and the aircraft were sold to the Netherlands.

Then in 2008, as the country planned for new operations in Afghanistan, Canada purchased six CH-47D Chinooks from the US Army for use in the transport role under the Interim Medium-Lift Capability (IMLC) project.

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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