New Delhi / Mundra : After waiting for many years, finally four Chinook helicopters have joined the fleet of Indian Air Force. Chinook reached the Mundra Airport in Gujarat under the first batch.
In September 2015, the agreement was signed to buy 15 Chinook helicopters between Boeing Vertol and the Government of India.
In August 2017, the Ministry of Defense took a major decision and approved the acquisition of six Apache combat helicopters, 15 Chinook heavy cargo helicopters and other weapon systems at a cost of 4168 crores from the American company Boeing for the Indian Army.
This iconic Twin Rotor has proved its need several times in the chopper war. Chinook have been used in the war from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Firstly Chinook helicopter was flown in 1962 and since then, there have been major upgrades in the machine so far. At present, it is one of the world’s heaviest lift chops.
What is Chinook Helicopter?
The Boeing Chinook is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems). The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name, Chinook, is from the Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washingtonstate.
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