First Italian ICH-47F Chinook maiden flight
AgustaWestland recently announced that the first ICH-47F Chinook for the Italian Army successfully accomplished its maiden flight. The aircraft took to the air for 15 minutes, performing as expected whilst carrying out basic handling tests and main systems checks.
This ICH-47F Chinook is the first of an order for 16 units plus four options placed by the Italian MoD Procurement Agency (ARMAEREO). The contract also includes a five year logistic support service. The delivery of the first aircraft is planned in early 2014 with final deliveries in 2017.
The ICH-47Fs will be operated by the Italian Army Aviation 1st Regiment “Antares” based in Viterbo and they will replace the 40 CH-47C Chinooks that have been in service since 1973.
The ICH-47F customized version incorporates a secure communications system, self-protection system and advanced data-link system. This new ICH-47F Chinook variant has a Maximum All Up Weight (MAUW) of 23 tons, is equipped with two Honeywell T55-G
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