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Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made towards the definition of a new medium lift utility transport helicopter for the Armed Forces and the authorisation of funding for its development.

The new medium-lift helicopter for the RAF will be the Chinook. Thirty-three of these helicopters have been ordered from Boeing-Vertol and the first is expected to enter service by the end of the year.