Boost for the Armed Forces: India takes possession of the first CH-47F Chinook Helicopter, more to come in March 2019
India has officially been handed over first of the Chinook helicopters at Boeing’s facility in the presence of Indian ambassador to US Harsh Shringla. The ‘India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony’ took place at Boeing’s facility in Philadelphia.
DGAO, Air Marshal A Dev, from Air HQ (Vayu Bhawan), Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty and Air Attache Air Cmde Shivanand were also present during the occasion.
According to the Indian mission in US, during his address, Ambassador Shringla lauded the “growing industry partnerships between India and US & commended Boeing for their commitment for the commitment to make in India.”
In 2015, India had placed the order for 22 AH-64E Apache attack, and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters and will receive all of them this year.
The AH-64E Apache attack and CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters are the newest models of the aircraft. This is expected to help modernise the Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet.
According to Boeing, Apache is the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter and CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that can help in delivering heavy payloads at high altitudes. Both of them are also being used by the US army.
CH-47F Chinook is also being used by 18 other defence forces around the world. Large sections of the Chinook fuselage are being manufactured in India.
Boeing is also training Indian Air Force (IAF) crew for the helicopter. In October of 2018, 4 pilots and 4 flight engineers of IAF were trained for operating Chinook helicopters in Delaware USA.
India is the 14th nation to use Apache and 19th nation to use Chinook in its forces.