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First Batch Of 4 Boeing Heavy-Lift Chinook Helicopters Reach India

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

NEW DELHI: American aerospace major Boeing on Sunday announced the arrival of the first batch of four Chinook military helicopters for the Air Force at 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 Air Force 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.

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

"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 Indian Air Force currently has 15 Chinook helicopters on order," the statement said.

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