Fleetlands To Fix Chinook HC.3s ?

IT WAS labelled by the Chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee in 2003… «one of the most incompetent procurements of all time».

These eight Chinook HC.3 transport helicopters have never been cleared for service, and have been kept in storage at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, ever since delivery.

Ordered in 1995, the HC.3 aircraft were conceived as dedicated special forces helicopters, built to a unique standard, with a hybrid digital/ analogue cockpit. There were some problems in fitting the planned displays, however, and the aircraft had to be stored while the final avionics fit was being decided and redesigned, delaying

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