The first of the RAFs 14 new Chinook helicopters were unveiled in Hampshire today.
The Defence Secretary revealed the Mark 6 helicopter as part of a £1 billion scheme to improve capabilities for pilots and crew.
During his visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, Philip Hammond also announced a £115 million agreement with Boeing Defence UK to maintain engines of the RAF's increased fleet of 60 Chinooks.
This will replace five existing contracts with one - saving the taxpayer £20 million.
The Defence Secretary and the Chief of the Air Staff, who is a Chinook pilot, were then given a tour of the brand new aircraft.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:
“These state of the art aircraft will provide a significant uplift in helicopter capability operating as the battlefield workhorse of the RAF, supporting the Army on the frontline for decades to come. The 14 new Chinooks will boost our fleet to 60, already the largest in Europe.
Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond is in Hampshire today to unveil the first of the new RAF helicopters.
The new chinook helicopters comes after the Government's commitment to 1% a year increase in the Ministry of Defence's equipment and support budget.
The aircraft will make it easier to operate in difficult conditions and feature a digital flight control system, including hot and dusty environments such as Afghanistan.
Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, will be at RAF Odiham in Hampshire today to unveil the first of the new Mark Six helicopters.
The chinnooks can carry up to 40 people or 10 tonnes of cargo and will increase the Uk's fleet to 60 aircraft.
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