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IAF inducts 4 Chinooks in boost to national security

Indian Air Force inducts four Chinooks

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IAF inducts 4 Chinooks in boost to national security, Indian Air Force inducts four Chinooks, as US muscles into Russia's copter monopoly. The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday inducted the first four Chinook helicopters capable of transporting artillery guns and combat-ready troops to forward and high-altitude areas, especially along India’s borders with Pakistan and China.

Senior IAF officers say that this $1.5-billion purchase from US firm Boeing, which was signed in September 2015, will almost certainly be followed by an additional order. Given the Chinook’s utility, both in war and in disaster relief missions in peacetime, more of these helicopters are needed for a country India’s size.

The induction of these heavy-lift choppers is going to be a big boost for the Indian air force as not only is the Chinook highly maneuverable, it can also be operated at any time and in all-weather. Additionally, these choppers are suitable for operation in tough, dense terrain.

"Primary use for which we have got training is cargo and load transport. In cargo, the chopper can carry load up to 11 tone in forward areas, artillery guns, bulldozers, road building equipment, all these things it can carry under slung (suspended from the underside of the chopper)," Mr Yadav told PTI.

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