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  • 05 September, 2022

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Chinook Helicopters

Chinook Helicopters

Chinook helicopters built by Boeing have recently come under scrutiny due to problems with engine fires.

Image Source - Boeing.co.in

About Boeing CH-47 Chinook

  • A heavy-lifting, twin-engine helicopter with tandem rotors.
  • Created by the American rotorcraft manufacturer Vertol and produced by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems).
  • High Capacity: Each Chinook helicopter can transport up to 9.6 tonnes of cargo.
  • Disaster management: The helicopter can assist with parachute drops, medical evacuation, search and rescue operations, and aircraft recovery.

Salient features of the Chinook

  • Chinook, a heavy-left multi-mission transport helicopter, will be utilized to ferry supplies, equipment, artillery, personnel, and ammunition across the battlefield.
  • It can easily manoeuvre over difficult, thick terrain thanks to its great degree of manoeuvrability.
  • For the Indian Air Force, which operates in some of the most difficult terrains in the world, its 24 X 7 and all-weather operational capabilities are essential.
  • In addition to military activities, they can be utilized for civil development, medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and recovery, and battling fires.
  • It has the capacity to move infantrymen who are fully outfitted for specialized operations. The digital cockpit management system is completely integrated.
  • 45 soldiers and a maximum cargo of 11 tonnes may be transported by the Chinook.

Current Problem:

  • The US Army has grounded the Chinook fleet after receiving information that some of the helicopters may have experienced engine fires.
  • Despite the fact that there have been no injuries as a result of these fires, it was decided to halt the helicopters as a precaution.

Application by the Indian Air Force (IAF)

  • In 2019, a ceremony held in Chandigarh saw the induction of the Chinooks into the IAF.
  • A Chinook helicopter unit has one base in Chandigarh and another in Mohanbari Air Base in Assam.
  • As it waits for additional information on the US development, the IAF has not grounded its fleet of 15 Chinook helicopters.

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