The Italian Army has conducted the maiden flight of the latest AgustaWestland variant of Boeing's heavy lift helicopter, the ICH-47F.
ICH-47F Chinook's first flight. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland
The flight lasted 15 minutes at the Vergiate base in Italy, with the pilot carrying out basic handling tests and main system checks. Italy's military procurement agency has 16 ICH-47F Chinooks on order, with deliveries scheduled through 2017.
Under an agreement with Chinook manufacturer Boeing, AgustaWestland is the prime contractor for the ICH-47F. Italy will use the new helicopters to replace its aging fleet of CH-47C Chinooks.
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