IAF PILOTS COMMENCE TRAINING ON THE CH-47F CHINOOK
Ahead of the induction of the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters into the Indian Air Force (IAF), selected pilots and engineers have commenced their training to fly the helicopters. Currently, four pilots and four flight engineers have been training on the Chinook helicopters at Delaware in the US. The fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters is set to be inducted into the IAF in the near future and is expected to give a boost to the operational capability of the IAF as the heavy-lift chopper can carry large quantities of arms and ammunition as well as airlift 50 combat-ready troops. The Chinook will particularly be helpful in disaster relief and rescue operations. India is procuring 15 CH-47F Chinook from US-based company, Boeing.