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Boeing delivers first four Chinook helicopters for Indian Air Force

The Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chinook chopper
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American aerospace major Sunday announced the arrival of first batch of four Chinook military helicopters for the at the Mundra port in Gujarat.

A statement from the company said the CH47F (I) Chinooks will be ferried to Chandigarh, where they will be formally inducted into the later this year.

The Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel.

It is also used for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.

"The CH-47F (I) Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide the Indian armed forces with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. The currently has 15 Chinook helicopters on order," the statement said.

India had finalised a mega contract with to procure 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinooks for the Indian Air Force in September 2015.

"has strengthened its supply chain with over 160 partners in India, and a JV to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters. Annual sourcing from India stands at $1 billion," it said.

First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 16:55 IST