Chi­nook copters ar­rive from US

4 he­li­copters reach Gu­jarat port, to be de­ployed in Chandi­garh

The Asian Age - - Nation -

In what will boost In­dia’s air­lift ca­pa­bil­ity dur­ing com­bat mis­sions, the first batch of four Chi­nook mil­i­tary he­li­copters for the In­dian Air Force ar­rived at the Mun­dra Port in Gu­jarat on Sun­day.

These are one of the most mod­ern heavy- lift chop­pers in the world. Its pri­mary mis­sion is to move troops, ar­tillery, am­mu­ni­tion, bar­rier ma­te­ri­als, sup­plies, and equip­ment on the bat­tle­field.

At present, In­dia has been us­ing the So­viet- ori­gin Mi- 26s for the mis­sions. In­dia had fi­nalised a mega con­tract with Boe­ing to pro­cure 22 Apache he­li­copters and 15 Chi­nooks for the In­dian Air Force in Septem­ber 2015. The rest 11 Chi­nooks are ex­pected to be de­liv­ered later this year.

The CH47F ( I) Chi­nooks will be fer­ried to Chandi­garh, where they will be for­mally in­ducted into the In­dian Air Force later this year. Last month, a han­dover cer­e­mony of Chi­nooks to In­dia was held at Philadel­phia in USA.

Chi­nook he­li­copters have been used by the US Army ser­vice since 1962 and were also de­ployed in Viet­nam.

The CH- 47F Chi­nook he­li­copter has been cer­ti­fied com­bat- ready by the US Army and fielded to the first op­er­a­tional unit in July 2007. A cen­tral el­e­ment in the Gulf War, they con­tinue to be the stan­dard for the US Army in the global cam­paign against ter­ror­ism. Since its in­tro­duc­tion 1,179 Chi­nooks have been built.

It is ca­pa­ble of han­dling use­ful loads up to 24,000 lbs ( 10, 886 kg) and a max­i­mum gross weight of up to 50,000 lbs ( 22,668 kg). It can reach a max­i­mum speed of 315 km per hour.

Its tan­dem ro­tor con­fig­u­ra­tion also pro­vides ex­cep­tional han­dling qual­i­ties, which en­able the CH- 47 to op­er­ate in cli­matic, al­ti­tude, and cross­wind con­di­tions that typ­i­cally keep other he­li­copters from fly­ing.

These can also be used for hu­man­i­tar­ian and disas­ter re­lief op­er­a­tions and in mis­sions such as trans­porta­tion of re­lief sup­plies and mass evac­u­a­tion of refugees.

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