May 19, 2022
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First Chinook delivered to Turkey
The first of six US-built CH-47F Chinook aircraft was delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command in Ankara recently. Ankara had signed a contract worth nearly $400 million in 2011 with Boeing to buy six CH-47 Chinooks. The first three aircraft will be delivered by the end of August, the remaining three by November. There is another package of five choppers planned to be delivered in 2018. Four of the helicopters in the second package will be used by Special Forces and one will be given to the Defense Ministry. The CH-47F Chinook are able to carry fully equipped 55 troops or 22 stretchers and will be used in heavy transportation particularly needed in southeastern Turkey. The two-engine helicopter can reach a speed of 315 kilometers per hour and can carry up to 10,886 kilograms of load.