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The former head of the British Ministry of Defense disrupted the purchase of helicopters from the United States.

The former head of the British Ministry of Defense disrupted the purchase of helicopters from the United States.

Former British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, shortly before leaving his post, tried to disrupt a contract for the supply of Chinook helicopters from the United States, the Times reports, citing unnamed sources.


According to the Times, the contract included the purchase of 14 Chinook H-47 extended-range helicopters manufactured by the American company Boeing. The first of them was supposed to be delivered to the UK by 2026.

“In recent weeks <…> in internal discussions, Wallace proposed canceling the purchase contract under the cost reduction program <…> of the British Department of Defense. In a letter dated August 10, sent to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Wallace <… > has made it clear that he is considering terminating the deal,” the newspaper said, citing unnamed British officials.

As unnamed sources told the newspaper, Wallace tried to cancel the contract for helicopters not only because of their cost – he had previously expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the United States did not support his candidacy for the post of NATO Secretary General.

“It looks like he (Ben Wallace) was trying to piss off the Americans. That’s how some regarded it (cancellation of the contract),” the newspaper notes, citing unnamed officials.


Earlier, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace sent Prime Minister Rishi Sunak a letter of resignation after four years in office. The head of the Ministry of Energy, Grant Shapps, was appointed to his position.


The Chinook helicopter (CH-47) is primarily used to transport troops and equipment, but it also carries two 7.62mm M134 machine guns and one M60D machine gun of the same caliber.