60 More Chinooks ordered

#1
The MOD has ordered 60 chinooks from Boeing.

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While it is good news for the guys on the ground and bearing in mind the last farce with Chinooks needing to be rewired and new software, where are they going to be housed and are all the pilots that once flew really quick bits of kit be retrained.
 
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#7
Learn to read. 14 ordered, brings total to 60.
And as much as it pains me to do so, I apologise for my inability to read an article and relay the facts. I will take myself outside with the Webley and do the honourable thing.
 
#8
It is OK, next year we will find we cannot afford them so we will cancel the order loosing millions of pound……..all normal service!
 
#10
even that oaf was going to buy an extra 30 so we probably need the 60 plus black hawks etc etc
 
#11

Pararegtom

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#12
So who,s starting the sweepstake, 1billion proposed costs, 5 Years Support, all operational 2017 yeah right. I reckon £2.5billion and 3 years support and 4 years late.Procurement is still a buggers muddle. Boeing is not remotely interested in our MOD , after the last cluster ****.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#13
so will they push merlin gently out of the way now then and buy mil8's
 
#14
So will this mean that the RAF will unpack some old squadron badges or re-role existing units?
 
#16
So 60 Chinooks, eh.
Does that mean another 120 pilots.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#17
well thats another 7 squadrons I reckon comprised of 2 chinook and 8 tornado.

I was somewhat surprised to learn that in the usual raf way of doing things they had 40 odd of them but only 17 were truly airworthy so they were complaining to the govt about the lack of spares while insisting tornado should be kept - what the fcuk are they playing at?
 
#18
I was somewhat surprised to learn that in the usual raf way of doing things they had 40 odd of them but only 17 were truly airworthy so they were complaining to the govt about the lack of spares while insisting tornado should be kept - what the fcuk are they playing at?
I've heard a rumour that Chinook isn't all that good at carrying several tons of bombs at the speed of sound at ground level...
 

Grumblegrunt

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#19
no worse than tornado then, I understand chinook can fly higher without running out of breath
 
#20
Having had a bit of involvement with Chinook procurement prior to Boeing taking on the CLS contract, it works like this.

X amount is available to purchase Chinook spares. Y amount is available to get Tornado spares. Never the twain shall meet. Fluctuating exchange rates, spares availability,we are not the only operator, and production lead times, all affect what is available to the front line.

Have a look at how long the aircraft has been in service. It was never envisaged all those years ago that it would be operating under the circumstances it now does.

The initial provisioning pack is far removed from what is required for todays ops.
 

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