Helis, February 11, 2019 - The first Indian Air Force CH-47F(I) Chinooks arrived at the Adani Group’ Mundra Port in Gujarat ahead of schedule.
Four helicopters arrived on February 10th and after assembling will be flown to their home base in Chandigarh. Are scheduled to enter service later this year.
India is the 19th nation to select the Chinook and the air force (IAF) will receive 15 helicopters ordered in September 2015 along 22 AH-64E Apaches in a $3.1 billion deal.
The Chinook is a multi-mission, heavy-lift transport helicopter. Its primary mission is to move troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Its secondary missions include medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction and civil development.
Chinook helicopters were introduced in 1962 as the CH-47 Chinook, and models A, B and C were deployed in Vietnam. As the product of a modernization program, which included refurbishing existing CH-47s, the first CH-47Ds were delivered in 1982 and were produced until 1994. A central element in the Gulf War, they continue to be the standard for the U.S. Army in the global campaign against terrorism. Since its introduction 1,179 Chinooks have been built.