The first batch of four Boeing heavy-lift Chinook Helicopters, CH-47F (I) was inducted in Indian Air Force (IAF) at Air Force Station, Chandigarh, in Squadron No 126 Helicopter Flight (Featherweights). The Chinook helicopters arrived at the Mundra airport in Gujarat from the United States on February 10, 2019.
These multirole helicopters will be used in life-saving role during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. They will operate alongside the Russian machines. The Indian Air Force is currently using Mi-17 and Mi-26 helicopters, which were manufactured by Russia.
Procured from the United States, the Chinook Helicopters are expected to provide impetus to the heavy-lift capabilities of Indian Air Force (IAF) and strengthen the defence ties with the United States.
• The CH-47F (I) Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide unmatched strategic airlift capability to the Indian armed forces across the full spectrum of combat missions.
• With capability of carrying around 10 tonnes of load, these helicopters will be used for lifting artillery, vehicles, battlefield resupply, road construction and engineer equipment as well as transportation of troops and supplies to mountainous sectors in North and North-East.
• These are also used for humanitarian and disaster relief operations such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.
• Chinooks have a unique twin engine and tandem rotor design, one of the most visibly recognised symbols of the American armed forces.
• Chinook has Common Aviation Architecture and advanced cargo-handling capabilities.