As per industrial sources close to, Ministry of Defence is likely to place follow-on orders for more Seven Chinook heavy-lift choppers American aviation giant Boeing and the US government soon to avail price validity of previous deal for 15 Chinook choppers signed earlier in 2015.

A contract for the purchase of CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from Boeing had a clause where India can place orders for seven extra Chinooks for the same price, but this clause is time bound and already previous contract has gone through 10 price validity extensions and it will be difficult for Boeing and US government to offer additional helicopters at same price if India is unable to place orders in time.

IAF pilots and ground crew are already receiving training at US facilities to operate CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters and Pilots from India are largely made up of experienced pilots, who previously operated Russian Mi-26 Transporter which was rejected by India for Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

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