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First Chinook heavy lift helicopter arrives in India

First Chinook heavy lift helicopter arrives in India

The first batch of heavy-lift Chinook helicopters arrived at Gujarat’s Mundra Port from the US on 10 Feb 2019.

The four Boeing CH-47F (I) Chinooks, part of a 15-helicopter order placed by India in 2016.

It will be assembled and flown to their home base in Chandigarh where they will be formally inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF) later this year.

Chinooks Benefits

The Indian Air Force’s capability to deliver payloads to high altitudes will be enhanced as it currently has a solitary Soviet-origin Mi-26 chopper to carry out such operations.

The Chinook’s primary roles include artillery, battlefield resupply and transportation of troops.

Further Notes to remember

The United States is India’s second largest arms supplier after Russia. Since 2008, India has bought or ordered military equipment worth $15 billion from the United States,

It includes C-130J special operations planes, C-17 transport aircraft, P-8I submarine hunter planes, Harpoon missiles, Apache and Chinook helicopters and M777 lightweight howitzers.

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