Aug. 2 (UPI) — Two CH-47H Chinook helicopters have been loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy cargo airplane and flown almost 10,000 miles to Australia, the U.S. Air Power mentioned on Monday.
The supply, from Dover Air Power Base, Del., to Royal Australian Air Power Base Townsville in northeastern Australia, was the primary two of of 4 Boeing-built heavy carry helicopters and associated tools offered to the Australia’s Protection Division in a $259 million deal introduced in April.
A U.S. Protection Safety Cooperation Company announcement at the time mentioned the sale “will enhance Australia’s functionality to satisfy present and future threats, improve operational capabilities, strengthen its homeland protection and promote army cooperation.”
The ninth Airlift Squadron at Dover Air Power Base delivered the helicopters in July, a U.S. Air Power statement on Monday mentioned, including that the helicopters can be used within the Australian Military.
The Chinook CH-47 can fly at speeds of over 175 mph with a payload of greater than 21,000 kilos. Usually carrying underslung provides and tools, suspended from the plane because it travels, the helicopter is utilized in fight conditions in addition to in humanitarian deliveries throughout pure disasters.
When the helicopters arrived on the Australian air base, workers of Boeing Protection Australia labored with the U.S. Air Power’s 436th Aerial Port Squadron to unfasten rotors and different parts that have been folded through the journey.