NEW DELHI: Giving a boost to the strategic lift capability of the Indian Air Force, four heavy-lift helicopters arrived in India on Sunday. The Twin rotor Chinook Helicopters reached Mundra port, Gujarat where they will be first assembled before being sent to Chandigarh for their formal induction into the force later this year.
As per contract signed in September 2015 with M/s Boeing, USA, 15 Chinook double rotor helicopters worth Rs 8000 crore will be delivered to the Indian Air Force.
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.
The Boeing in its press release said, “The CH-47F (I) Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide the Indian armed forces with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions.”
The helicopter can lift about 10 tons of load which includes troops, artillery guns, light armoured vehicles, ammunition, supplies and battlefield equipment.
Apart from the US forces, 18 other defence forces use Chinook. The US has become a major defence supplier to India in recent years with the defence manufacturers Lockheed Martin and Boeing supplying equipment to all the three services if India.