Indian Air Force Inducts Four Chinooks
BENGALURU, India—The Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally inducted four CH-47(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters into its inventory.
The helicopters will be deployed in India’s northern and eastern regions.
The aircraft are part of a $3.1 billion contract that India signed with Boeing in September 2015 for the procurement of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook transports.
The addition of heavy-lift Chinooks is a significant step toward the modernization of the IAF’s helicopter fleet, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa says.
The first batch of four helicopters was delivered on schedule. The last batch is to be delivered by March 2020.
The helicopter has been customized to suit the IAF’s future requirements and capability road map. The aircraft has a fully integrated digital cockpit management system, advanced cargo handling capabilities and electronic warfare suite that complement its performance. The helicopter is capable of airlifting diverse military and nonmilitary loads into remote locations.