2012 to present

First flight of the Chinook HC.4 took place at Fleetlands on 9 Dec 2010. It includes a Thales TopDeck glass cockpit, mission planner and more powerful Honeywell/Lycoming T55-714 engines.
Project JULIUS modified 38 Mk2/2A Chinooks into the Mk4/4A configuration and eight Mk3 Chinooks into the Mk5 configuration.

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QinetiQ to Support RAF Chinook Upgrade, 20-Oct-15 : QinetiQ has signed a £5.2m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to independently evaluate Boeing’s Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrades to the Chinook helicopter.

RAF Chinook to Support Nepal Earthquake Relief, 03-May-15 : UK assistance after the Kathmandu 7.8 earthquake includes sending three Royal Air Force Chinooks helicopters to Nepal

Chinook HC.4 operational in Afghanistan, 10-Jan-13 : With an initial release to service granted in May 2012, RAF Chinooks crews were able to begin their operational work-up on the Mk 4 before declaring an initial operating capability in June 2012.

Boeing Begins Flight Testing UK Chinook Mk4, 24-Jan-11 : Boeing UK has begun flight testing the first Chinook Mk4 helicopter for the Royal Air Force (RAF) under Project Julius


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M.7007 1980     ZA671: Chinook HC.4 while operating from NAF El Centro, heavily damaged in a pra+
M.7013 1981     ZA713: Chinook HC.4 18/27Sqn.
M.7001 1993     ZA718: Chinook HC.4 18/27Sqn./BN
M.7015     ZD984: Chinook HC.4 18/27Sqn.
Vector Aerospace ZD984: at Vector Aerospace Fleetland for conversion HC.4