The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday inducted the first unit of four Chinook helicopters. The Boeing CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter for the U.S. Army and international defense forces.
Visuals of Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at Air Force Station 12 Wing, in Chandigarh. Indian Air Force to induct the first unit of four Chinook helicopters today. pic.twitter.com/folqFBr411— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2019
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa: Chinook helicopter can carry out military operations, not only in day but during night too; another unit will be created for the East in Dinjan (Assam). Induction of Chinook will be a game changer the way Rafale is going to be in the fighter fleet. pic.twitter.com/TxJgJt8h5P— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2019
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at induction ceremony of Chinook helicopters in Chandigarh:Country faces a multiple security challenges; we require vertical lift capability across a diversified terrain. Chinook has been procured with India specific enhancements; it's a national asset pic.twitter.com/UWwXvcz9Fc— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2019
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa: When the #Rafale comes in, the deterrence of our air defence will increase manifold,and they (Pak) will not come anywhere near the LoC or the border,with the kind of of capability that we will posses, for which presently they(Pak) don't have an answer pic.twitter.com/mVnM62kQyz— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2019
Here are lesser known facts about Chinook:
- It took its first flight on 21 September 1961 and was introduced to service in 1962.
- It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft's mission performance and handling characteristics.
- Its name, Chinook, is from the Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washington state.
- The Chinook is a multi-mission aircraft in use by U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, and more than 19 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Greece, Spain, South Korea, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.
- Over 1,200 number of chinook is built as of 2012.
- It costs 38.55 million USD per unit.
- The Chinook is a true multi-role, vertical-lift platform. Its primary mission is transport of troops, artillery, equipment, and fuel.
- The current CH-47F/MH-47G modernization programs will ensure this tandem rotor helicopter remains in the Army fleet through the 2030s.
- Chinook is the helicopter of choice for humanitarian disaster-relief operations, in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.
- Chinooks serve the armed forces of 19 countries around the world.