UK to close base, buy choppers

Britain announced it's buying 22 new Chinook helicopters to support NATO's military mission in Afghanistan, but is finding the money by cutting back other defence expenses, including eliminating a squadron and closing an air force base. The armed forces are also cutting back training, taking a ship out of service and cancelling a competition for new vehicles. The Chinooks will cost about $1.72-billion over 10 years. The first one will be available in 2013.

Published: Wednesday, 12/16/2009 12:00 am EST

Britain announced it's buying 22 new Chinook helicopters to support NATO's military mission in Afghanistan, but is finding the money by cutting back other defence expenses, including eliminating a squadron and closing an air force base. The armed forces are also cutting back training, taking a ship out of service and cancelling a competition for new vehicles. The Chinooks will cost about $1.72-billion over 10 years. The first one will be available in 2013.

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