More wings to IAF! Chinook helicopters inducted in Indian Air Force; facts you should not miss

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New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2019 12:46:28 PM

Chinook helicopters had come from the US ahead of time arrived in a semi knocked down (SKD) condition at Mundra Port in Gujarat

chinook helicopter iaf indiaThese helicopters have come through the Foreign Military Sales from the US aerospace giants Boeing Company

Chinook helicopters have been inducted in IAF! Four heavy lift first four CH-47F (I) Chinook helicopters were inducted in the Indian Air Force on Monday, at Air Force Station, Chandigarh, in Squadron No 126 Helicopter Flight (Featherweights).

At the induction ceremony that took place on Monday morning, the Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said that “The induction of the CH-47F(I) Chinooks is an asset to the Indian Air Force’s airlift capabilities. This modern, multi-mission-capable, heavy-lift transport helicopter will enhance our heli-lift capability across all types of terrain to full effect.” “With its advanced capabilities and versatility, we are confident that the CH-47F(I) Chinook will be an important asset to the IAF,” said Michael Koch, vice president, India, Boeing Defense, Space and Security,

These machines are expected to add more teeth to the IAF. These multirole helicopters are going to be used in life-saving role during HADR (humanitarian assistance and disaster relief) missions, for which the fleets are often pressed into services.

The helicopters which had came from the US ahead of time arrived in a semi knocked down (SKD) condition at Mundra Port in Gujarat, were re-assembled and tested before the formal induction today .

These helicopters have come through the Foreign Military Sales from the US aerospace giants Boeing Company, and will operate alongside the last of four Russian Mil Mi-26s, and will help in lessening the burden on the Russian machines which eventually be phased out.

As has been reported earlier, the CH-47F (I) Chinooks are going to be used in the IAF missions in Ladakh area, Kashmir and north-east regions.

The Boeing Company had handed over the machines at a ceremony held at Philadelphia in the US in February to the officers of the IAF as well as in the presence of the Indian Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla. The remaining of the eleven is expected to be delivered by 2023.

The government to government deal was inked in September 2015 for over Rs 8,000 crore, and also has an option of additional seven platforms. The first Chinook airframe manufactured for the IAF was tested in the US in July 2018, followed by training of the pilots and four engineers in Delaware for conversion training on Chinooks. The infrastructure for the helicopters has already been set up which includes two hangars and a maintenance area as well as logistical and technical facilities.

What is Chinook Helicopter?

A significant force multiplier for the Indian Air industry partners such as Dynamatics are building large sections of Chinook. It has the proven ability to operate in different terrains and conditions. It has the capability to airlift the M777 lightweight howitzers that have been inducted in the Indian Army’s Artillery last year. Chinooks have a payload capacity of about 10 tonne. Will provide much-needed strength to the IAF heavy-lift capability.

These helicopters are expected to lift artillery, vehicles, road construction and engineer equipment as well as troops and supplies to mountainous sectors in North and North-East. The CH-47F(I) Chinook completed successful first-flights in July 2018. The first batch of IAFcrew began their training to fly the Chinook in the US in October 2018. The CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter for the US Army and international defense forces.

It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system. Chinook has Common Aviation Architecture and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that enhance the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics. Chinook has been used by the US Army, US Army Reserve, National Guard and by the armed forces of more than 19 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Greece, Spain, South Korea, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

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