In a video released by the Adani Group, Indian Air Force’s Chinook helicopters can be seen being unloaded from a cargo ship and being made ready to fly to thier destination.
The CH-47 Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide the Indian armed forces with strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. The Indian Air Force has ordered 15 Chinooks and the first four helicopters arrived in February.
The acquisition, which was in the works for several years, is also expected to give a significant boost to infrastructure development along India’s borders given the Chinook has the capability to ferry heavy cargo like road construction equipment over difficult terrain.
The IAF had placed the order in 2015 along with 22 Apache Attack Helicopters.
The Chinooks can carry goods and cargo of up to 9.6 tonnes each. This includes men and machines—like artillery guns and light armoured vehicles—to high altitudes. The helicopter can also offer support during disaster relief, medical evacuation, search and rescue missions, aircraft recovery and parachute drops, according to Boeing.
A statement from the Boeing company said the CH47F (I) Chinooks will be ferried to Chandigarh, where they will be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force later this year.
“The CH-47 Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter. The Chinook has unsurpassed ability to deliver heavy payloads to high altitudes, and is eminently suitable for operations in the high Himalayas. The aircraft has been battle-tested in diverse, extreme conditions throughout the world, and has proven capability to operate in the wide range of conditions that typify the Indian subcontinent,” the company said.