Indian Air Force finally gets first batch of four Chinook helicopters at Air Force station, Chandigarh in presence of Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa. This year in February the first batch of four Chinook helicopters arrived at Mundra port, Gujarat. In September 2015 India had signed $3 billion contract with Boeing for purchase of 15 Chinook helicopters. In October 2018 Indian Air Force crew was given training to fly Chinook helicopters.
“Induction of Chinook will be a game changer the way Rafale is going to be in the fighter fleet”– Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa
Why Chinook matters?
Due to its advanced cargo handling capabilities Chinook helicopter will help Indian Air Force to carry Artillery guns and light armoured vehicles to high altitudes of Himalayan range. Not only Himalayan range it will help Indian Armed Forces to carry Artillery guns and light armoured vehicles to Indo-China border and Jammu and Kashmir region speedily. Due to its all weather operational capabilities Chinook helicopters will help Indian Armed Forces in many disaster relief operations, medical evacuation and transportation of relief supplies.
Things you should know about Chinook helicopters
- The CH-47 Chinook helicopters is an advanced multi mission helicopter which is operated by more than 20 different Air Forces in the world of which US Army and Royal Air Force are its two largest users.
- The Chinook helicopters are equipped with Digital cockpit management system, advanced cargo handling capabilities, advanced flight control system, composite radar blades and improved avionics.
- The latest version of Chinook helicopters is powered with two 4733 horsepower Honeywell engines.
- Chinook helicopters play very vital role during Humanitarian and Disaster relief operations, Fire fighting, Heavy construction assistance, aircraft recovery and transportation of relief supplies.
- The Chinook helicopters are capable of carrying 11 tonnes of payload, 45 troops and can travel at a maximum speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315km/h).
- The Chinook helicopters are equipped with Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) (MH-47G/CH-47F).