Chinook Helicopters

Defence written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were involved in the testing of the Chinook HC.6 at Naval Air Warfare Centre Aircraft Division at Naval Air Station Patuxent River; and what the cost to the public purse was of such testing.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There were two Ministry of Defence (MOD), 16 Boeing and 10 QinetiQ personnel involved in the flight tests for a Chinook Mk6 helicopter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River between 10 April and 8 August 2013. This was part of flight testing that had been planned as an integral part of the MOD's £847 million acquisition in 2011 of the Chinook Mk6.

The cost of this flight trial was circa £5.7 million.

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