USA de­liv­ers first four of 15 Chi­nooks to In­dia

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

GIV­ING a boost to the strate­gic lift ca­pa­bil­ity of the In­dian Air Force (IAF), four US made heavy lift he­li­copters ar­rived in In­dia on Sun­day. The twin ro­tor Chi­nook he­li­copters reached Mun­dra port in Gu­jarat where they will be as­sem­bled be­fore be­ing sent to Chandi­garh for their for­mal in­duc­tion into the IAF, later this year. As per a con­tract signed in Septem­ber 2015 with Boe­ing, USA, 15 Chi­nook dou­ble ro­tor he­li­copters worth K8,000 crore were to be de­liv­ered to the IAF. The four which have ar­rived, mark the de­liv­ery of the first batch of the con­tracted he­li­copters. Chandi­garh will be their per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion from where they will op­er­ate. The Chi­nooks will be part of the Chandi­garh-based 126 Flight, which cur­rently op­er­ates the MI 26 heavy lift he­li­copters made in Rus­sia. In a state­ment Boe­ing said, “The CH-47F (I) Chi­nook is an ad­vanced multi-mis­sion he­li­copter that will pro­vide In­dian armed forces with un­matched strate­gic air­lift ca­pa­bil­ity across the full spec­trum of com­bat and hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions.” The he­li­copter can lift about 10 tonnes at a time, which in­cludes troops, ar­tillery guns, light ar­moured ve­hi­cles, am­mu­ni­tion, sup­plies and bat­tle­field equip­ment. Apart from the US forces, 18 other de­fence forces use Chi­nooks.

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The heavy lift US-made Chi­nook he­li­copter |

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