The French Air Force is considering the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.
“According to the Special Operations Command (COS) press kit, the Air Force is considering the acquisition of CH-47 Chinook heavy helicopters for the French Special Forces,” French-based Challenges business magazine reported Monday.
The French military operates extensive numbers of Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal and NH Industries NH90 Caiman helicopters.
The Chinook is considered the most advanced transport rotorcraft in the United States Army inventory, and the helicopter is also in service with the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
The latest version of Chinook, called the CH-47F, is an advanced multi-mission helicopter with a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Avionics Architecture Cockpit, and advanced cargo-handling capabilities.