ITALIAN ARMY’S FIRST ICH-47F CHINOOK COMPLETES MAIDEN TEST FLIGHT
AgustaWestland has successfully completed the first test flight of the Italian Army’s first ICH-47F Chinook transport helicopter at its facility in northern Italy. Basic handling tests and main systems checks were carried out by the helicopter, which performed as expected during the 15 minute test flight. Sixteen CH-47F Chinook helicopters were ordered by the Italian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) General Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) from AgustaWestland under a €900 million contract signed in May 2009. Along with options for an additional four helicopters, the contract also includes a five-year logistic support service package.