Indian Air Force welcomes four Boeing CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters

Boeing today handed over four CH-47F(I) Chinooks to the Indian Air Force. They were formally inducted into the Air Force at a ceremony held at the Air Force Station in Chandigarh. The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Air Staff Marshal B.S. Dhanoa and many other senior officers from the Indian Air Force, and Boeing.

These CH-47F(I) Chinooks arrived at the Mundra Port in Gujarat in February this year.

Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhano said, “The induction of the CH-47F(I) Chinooks is an asset to the Indian Air Force’s airlift capabilities. This modern, multi-mission-capable, heavy-lift transport helicopter will enhance our heli-lift capability across all types of terrain to full effect.”

The president of Boeing India, Salil Gupte said, “The Chinook will prove to be a significant force multiplier for the Indian Air Force, and we are committed to working closely with the defense forces and government of India to deliver the right value and capabilities.”

“With its advanced capabilities and versatility, we are confident that the CH-47F(I) will be an important asset to the Indian Air Force. Boeing remains committed to working closely with India to support the modernization of its armed forces and fulfil the country’s current and future security goals,” said Michael Koch, vice president, India, Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

The first batch of Indian Air Force crew began their training to fly the Chinook in the U.S. in October 2018.

The Ministry of Defence finalized the order with Boeing for training and support of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters in September 2015.

The Boeing CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter, it’s used by the U.S. Army and many other international defense forces. It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that enhance the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.

At present it’s used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard and by the armed forces of more than 19 countries such as, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Greece, Spain, South Korea, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Boeing CH-47F(I) Chinooks (source: IAF)