The instantly-recognisable Chinook helicopter has been providing essential support to UK troops on operations all over the world for three decades.
Chinook at a glance
- The UK operates 60 Chinook twin-rotor aircraft, based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire.
- A heavyweight of the battlefield, Chinook can carry up to 54 troops or 10 tonnes of cargo.
- It is primarily used for troop and load carrying but performs a crucial secondary casualty evacuation role.
- The DE&S Helicopters Project Team is responsible for delivery of new equipment and support to the Chinook fleet.