India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border


The Indian Air Force Sunday commissioned the first four battle-hardened Chinook heavy lift helicopters into its fleet, providing a huge boost to the strategic airlift capability of the Indian military along the borders with Pakistan and China.

The four CH-47F (I) Chinook helicopters, part of the 15 contracted by India from US firm Boeing in September 2015 for over Rs 8,000 crore, were commissioned into the IAF’s 126 Helicopter Unit, nicknamed ‘Featherweights’, at Chandigarh.

“The Chinooks are a huge capability enhancement for the forces since they can carry not just troops but also artillery guns and even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes, which makes a lot of difference to the capability along the northern borders, Read More

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