04 October 2001 | Liam O'Brien
Problems with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) procurement of the latest Chinook helicopters will delay their introduction to the UK's armed forces.
The MoD has taken delivery of three Mark III Chinooks from Boeing but is unhappy with the helicopter's software. The hiccup, which will require the respecification of some of the software, will put back the aircraft's operational date from mid 2002 to early 2003.
The Special Air Service is reported to be concerned that it will be required to fly into battle in outdated Mark II helicopters.
An MoD spokesperson said the Mark III would never have been ready for service during 2001 in any case.
News of the delay came as the Defence Logistics Organisation announced that it was to select BAE Systems and business application company IFS to provide the army's new supply chain software.
The package, which will cost £20 million, will replace current systems at the start of 2003.