IAF inducts four CH-47 Chinook military helicopters

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted the first batch of four Chinook CH-47F(I) heavy-lift helicopters, which will significantly improve airlift to high-altitude areas.

Key Facts:

  • The induction of Chinook will be a game changer the way Rafale is going to be in the fighter fleet.
  • These four helicopters are 15 Chinook helicopters IAF is purchasing from US (manufactured by Boeing) as part of Rs. 8000 crore deal signed in 2015.
  • The entire fleet of 15 Chinooks are expected to arrive in India by 2020.
  • The second unit of these helicopters come up at Dinjan, Assam and will fortify India’s eastern border with China.
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About CH-47F (I) Chinook helicopter:

  • It is modern, multi-mission-capable, heavy-lift transport helicopter will enhance our heli-lift capability across all types of terrain to the full effect.
  • It is named after Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washington state of US.
  • It has fully integrated digital cockpit management system. It possesses several means of loading various cargoes.
  • The Chinook can carry a maximum payload of 11 tonnes and 54 combat-ready troops or 24 stretcher patients.

Source:The Hindu

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