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UK Special Forces to get SOF Chinooks | News Rep
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UK Special Forces to get SOF Chinooks | News Rep

The UK government has requested and will receive 16 special operations Chinook helicopters for the UK Special Forces (UKSF). Late last month, the US State Department and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approved the sale of 16 new H-47 Chinooks. Additionally, the British will be getting numerous parts that could be used to configure the H-47 into the MH-47G, which is the special operations version of the heavy-lift helicopter.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has around 60 Chinooks in service. The RAF fleet is comprised of a mixture of CH-47D, MH-47E, and CH-47F Chinook helicopters. 7 Squadron, which will be getting most of the choppers, is a SOF unit, and the rough equivalent of the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) — tasked with supporting UKSF units.
The UKSF has long used the venerable Chinooks for infiltration. During the Gulf War, the SAS utilised Chinooks in their SCUD missile hunting parties. The famous Bravo Two Zero patrol was ferried by a specially camouflaged 7 Squadron Chinook deep behind Iraqi lines.

Source: UK Special Forces to get SOF Chinooks | News Rep