The government announced Thursday a 408-million-pound upgrade for its Chinook helicopters in Afghanistan, following criticism of a shortage of air power there. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20090924/tuk-govt-trumpets-upgrade-for-afghanista-a7ad41d.html The upgrade will allow the choppers to fly longer and to spend longer on the frontline â¦More Enlarge photo .The 38 aircraft will be fitted with more powerful Honeywell engines and more advanced digitised cockpits, to enable them to work more effectively in high altitudes and extreme temperatures in Afghanistan, officials said. Is this just standard upgrading of equipment. I see that no new airframes are being sent out?!