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First Chinook helicopter handed over to India at Boeing's facility in Philadelphia 

In 2015, India had placed the order for 22 AH-64E Apache attack, and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 02, 2019, 12.46 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India was officially handed over the first of the Chinook helicopters at Boeing's facility in the presence of Indian ambassador to US Harsh Shringla during ‘India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony’ which took place at  Boeing's facility in Philadelphia on Friday. 

In 2015, India had placed the order for 22 AH-64E Apache attack, and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters and will receive all of them in 2019.  

Chinook helicopters

The AH-64E Apache attack and CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters are the newest models of the aircraft which are expected to help modernise the Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet.

According to Boeing, Apache is the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter and CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that can help in delivering heavy payloads to high altitudes. Both of them are also being used by the US Army.

Chinook helicopters

CH-47F Chinook is also being operated by 18 other defence forces around the world. Large sections of the Chinook fuselage are being manufactured in India.

Boeing is also training Indian Air Force (IAF) crew for the helicopter. In October of 2018, 4 pilots and 4 flight engineers of IAF were trained for Chinook helicopters in Delaware USA.

Chinook helicopters

India is the 14th nation use Apache and 19th nation to use Chinook in its forces. 

Ambassador Shringla lauded the "growing industry partnerships between India and US and commended Boeing for their commitment for the commitment to make in India."

DGAO, Air Marshal A Dev, from Air HQ (Vayu Bhawan), Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty and Air Attache Air Cmde Shivanand were also present on the occasion.

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Ambassador Shringla lauded the "growing industry partnerships between India and US and commended Boeing for their commitment for the commitment to make in India."