CH-47F Chinook will be a force multiplier on Easter Sector with China.

Over the last five years, American C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III muscled into the fixed wing aircraft fleet.

From 2018 onwards, Russian Mi-17 helicopters will be joined by that iconic American workhorse — the CH-47F Chinook.

Simultaneously, the IAF will induct 22 Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, which Boeing builds in Arizona.

The iconic twin rotor chopper is a battle proven machine that has fl own countless missions into warzones from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq. While the original Chinook first flew in 1962, it has undergone several upgrades and is now one of the most modern heavy lift choppers in the world.

The massive helicopter can carry 9.6 tons of cargo, including heavy machinery, artillery guns and even light armoured vehicles to high  ..

Since 1962, when the Chinook first appeared on the Vietnam battlefield, its ungainly shape and tandem rotors have made it the world’s most recognisable combat helicopter.

 

Yet, the CH-47F version of the Chinook that India is buying is a high-tech marvel, a world removed from the CH-47A of the 1960s.

The CH-47F has an electronic brain called the Digital Flight Control System that precisely positions a hovering Chinook at the edge of a cliff, or above the roof of a mud hut, enabling soldiers or cargo to be discharged with unmatched precision.

What most impressed Indian test pilots, was its ability to carry 10 tons of cargo, or up to 50 troops.

The Chinook is stabilised by two contra-rotating main rotors, so all the engine power translates into lift.

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IAF pilots tell Business Standard that the Chinook’s best feature, given India’s high Himalayan border, is its superb high-altitude performance.

Its power allows the Chinook to air-transport a 155-millimetre howitzer, hanging from a sling under the helicopter.

This lets tactical commanders move artillery guns to inaccessible areas, providing crucial fire support to troops in extreme altitudes.

CH-47F Chinook can operate in temperature, altitudes, cross winds and adverse conditions which typically keep other helicopters from flying. Chinook which India has ordered comes with Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS) which enables Pilots to conduct missions which they previously would not have attempted. DAFCS allows pilots to pick a spot on the ground and let the helicopter fly to that point in hands-off approach and let helicopter move less than a metre laterally or vertically.

With more than 1100 Chinooks produced and more than 875 of them still operational with 18 countries around the world and still getting repeat orders from its current operators after being in production from 1961, Chinook is a testament to its unsurpassed capabilities and it is likely it will carry the same tradition when inducted into Indian Air Force from 2019 on wards and many more of the later version are ordered in the future .

 

 

 

 

Source:- Rediff News

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