IAF Pilots Start Training to Operate US-Made Heavy-Lift Chinook Choppers
IAF pilots being trained to operate the US-made Chinook choppers | (Photo Credits: IANS)

New Delhi, October 16: Ahead of their induction, Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots have started training to operate the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, an official said on Tuesday. Currently, four pilots and four flight engineers have been training on Chinook choppers at Delaware in the US since Monday.

The chopper is set to be inducted into the IAF soon and is expected to give a boost to IAF operations as the heavy-lift chopper can carry arms and ammunition as well as close to 300 troops at a time. The Chinook will particularly be helpful in disaster relief and rescue operations. Indian Navy Likely to Acquire F/A-18 Fighter Jets From Boeing.

India is procuring 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters besides 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from US-based Boeing.