First Project Julius Chinook flies
The first RAF Chinook to be upgraded under Project ‘Julius’ programme has flown.
Gary Parsons - 24-Jan-2011
January 24: Boeing has confirmed that the first Royal Air Force Chinook to be upgraded under the UK Ministry of Defence’s Project ‘Julius’ programme flew for the first time on December 9, 2010.
Designated the HC4, the upgrade will see all 38 HC2 aircraft converted into the HC4 and the eight HC3s into HC5s. The main modification is the installation of the Thales ‘TopDeck’ glass cockpit, which will provide improved situational awareness and increased safety through four multifunction displays, two stand-by flight displays, updated communications interfaces and two new air data computers. The first aircraft, ZA677, is expected to be delivered to the front line by the end of the year and all helicopters converted by 2016.
XV571 said on the 24-Jan-2011 at 12:19
Another piece of positive news fron the R.A.F. after so many withdrawals and setbacks over the last few months. This and the piece about the extra C-17 show what can be achieved when BAE systems are not involved.
Russell Miller said on the 24-Jan-2011 at 13:47
XV's comments are somewhat out of kilter with reality, particularly since Boeing's intransigent and contractural stance has stopped other Chinook helicopters being delivered. Or for that matter Boeing's disreputable behaviour over the Air Tanker award in the states.
XV571 said on the 24-Jan-2011 at 14:06
@ Russell Miller. I take it you mean the HC3 fiasco where Britain's attempts to personalise the aircraft resulted in the Certificate of airworthiness not being issued. If I tried to 'chip' my new Ford, wouldn't that invalidate the warranty and result in the withdrawal of that companies support too ?
As for the tanker question, I believe this was more a case of U.S. politicians engaging in their own protectionist policies, not helped by the strong Gallic influence in Airbus.
mike yates said on the 27-Jan-2011 at 16:45
Good news about these Chinooks, but who has CUT order for the new ones...MoD.
Boeing are sniffy with us over this, you can`t blame them, THEY know now (Like Bae) how hard it is to deal with chopping and changing orders from our MoD