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MOD admit Chinook helicopter contract "did not specify flight".

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MOD Defence chiefs were left with egg on their faces tonight when the Army nervously unveiled its latest Chinook helicopters and admitted that they were not able to fly.

"There seems to be some kind of design fault, but we can't quite put our finger on it", said Corporal Brian Fowler - the former Commander-in-Chief of Army procurement. "I think it's the flight software package that comes with the Chinook, but we've had a team investigating it and they haven't come up with anything yet."

Defence procurement minister Lord Bach was quick to defend the Government record on buying arms, "Unfortunately, in this case, the wording of the contract was not specific enough in terms of what the helicopters would be used for. I'm afraid that someone forgot to stipulate that the aircraft would have to fly".

MOD chiefs will now have to decide what to do with the Chinooks. One plan is to use them as strategic battle field weapons by simply hurling them at the enemy. Another MOD committee is to investigate the possibilities of sending them manned and fully armed behind enemy lines inside a large wooden horse.

Leaked by sources close to: The Parliamentary News Service on April 08, 04 | 12:47 am

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