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Morocco takes delivery of three Chinooks
Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
17 August 2015

One of Morocco's three new CH-47D Chinook helicopters seen in the air at Columbia Helicopters' facility in Aurora, Oregon. Source: Dan Sweet/Columbia Helicopters

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter is set to re-enter service with the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) after three were delivered to the kingdom on 15 August.

The CH-47D Chinooks were spotted being unloaded from the roll-on/roll-off ship Liberty Pride (IMO: 9448114) in Tangier on 15 August.

Columbia Helicopters, the US company that refurbished the three ex-US Army CH-47D helicopters, told IHS Jane's that its technicians would have the aircraft reassembled and flight tested for the RMAF by 21 August.

The company announced a year ago that it had been awarded a contract worth approximately USD6 million to 'reset' and repaint the Moroccan Chinooks.

Honeywell provided T55-GA-714A engines to Morocco under a Foreign Military Sales contract announced by the US Department of Defense in July 2014. The CH-47 is the only aircraft in the RMAF's inventory that uses the T-55.
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