New Delhi: India has officially been handed over first of the Chinook helicopters at Boeing’s facility in the presence of Indian ambassador to US Harsh Shringla. The ‘India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony’ took place at Boeing’s facility in Philadelphia. DGAO, Air Marshal A Dev, from Air HQ (Vayu Bhawan), Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty and Air Attache Air Cmde Shivanand were also present during the occasion. Also Read - Joe Biden to Take Oath as 46th US President Today Amid Tight Security, Donald Trump to Skip Inauguration
According to the Indian mission in US, during his address, Ambassador Shringla lauded the “growing industry partnerships between India and US & commended Boeing for their commitment for the commitment to make in India.” Also Read - Pardons, Travel Ban, Presenting Awards: How Trump Spending His Last Day as US President
In 2015, India had placed the order for 22 AH-64E Apache attack, and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters and will receive all of them this year. Also Read - 10,064 Cases, 137 Deaths: India Records Lowest COVID-19 Infections Since June | Key Points
The AH-64E Apache attack and CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters are the newest models of the aircraft. This is expected to help modernize the Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet.
According to Boeing, Apache is the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter and CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that can help in delivering heavy payloads to high altitudes. Both of them are also being used by the US army.
CH-47F Chinook is also being operated by 18 other defence forces around the world. Large sections of the Chinook fuselage are being manufactured in India.
Boeing is also training Indian Air Force (IAF) crew for the helicopter. In October of 2018, 4 pilots and 4 flight engineers of IAF were trained for Chinook helicopters in Delaware USA.
India is the 14th nation use Apache and 19th nation to use Chinook in its forces.
(With inputs from Sidhant Sibal, Zee Media)