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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Last month first four CH-47F Chinooks for the IAF were brought to the Mundra Port in Gujarat which was later assembled in Gujarat before being ferried to Chandigarh where they have started flying familiarization sorties and all four helicopters have successfully completed initial sorties as informed to idrw.org and are ready for official induction into air-force.

CH-47F Chinooks are part of No. 126 Helicopter Flight (Featherweights) which is equipped with Mil Mi-26 and based at Chandigarh Air Force Station. Most of the current Chinook pilots are veterans Mil Mi-26 helicopters which have supplemented by new heavy-lift helicopters.

In 2015, India had cleared the purchase of 22 Apaches and 15 Chinook helicopters for the IAF in a deal worth $2.5 billion from the US.

 

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