The Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrew have commenced training on Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters which will be inducted into the service in near future, IAF announced.
The training is being conducted in Gilze Rijen in Netherlands and begun in the first week of this month.
#FridayFeeling : To maintain the operational edge of IAF, #Chinook helicopters will be inducted into the IAF soon.
Training for future inductions – The training for IAF crew on Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopter commenced in Gilze Rijen (Netherlands) in the first week of Oct 2018. pic.twitter.com/ezDrJIKMtt
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) October 12, 2018
In July this year, the first CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter built for the IAF conducted its maiden flight at the company’s Chinook assembly facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in USA. The IAF’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopter also performed its maiden flight in the same month.
Indian Air Force will ultimately receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopters, for which a contract, worth $3.1 billion, was finalized in September 2015. These platforms will start arriving in the country in the middle of 2019.
The CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter for the U.S. Army and international defense forces. It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit (CAAC) and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.
Currently, the Indian helicopter fleet is made up of mostly Russian platforms such as Mil Mi-17 utility helicopters, Mi- 26 heavy-lift helicopters and Mi-24 attack helicopters.