This past Tuesday marked the 60th anniversary of Chinook first flight. While the iconic shape of the Chinook hasn’t changed much over time, the capability of the aircraft has evolved remarkably since the 1960s.
“With the Block II program, the aircraft will continue to evolve and dominate the heavy-lift landscape well into the future – making the aircraft a true 100-year (at least) aircraft,” Boeing officials tell Financial Express Online.
On September 21, 1961, H-47 Chinook’s prototype, known as the YCH-1B the tandem-rotor helicopter made its first flight and is expected to lead heavy-lift readiness for decades to come.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has 15 Chinooks in its fleet. The Boeing Chinook is the most advanced, affordable, battle-tested heavy-lift helicopter in the world.
Which militaries in the world have these helicopters in their fleet?
In addition to the IAF, the Chinook is in use by the US Army, US Army Reserve, National Guard and the defence forces of more than 19 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Greece, Spain, South Korea, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
Are there plans to set up MRO facilities in India?
According to the Boeing executive “From performance-based logistics contracting and integrated fleet support to vertical lift maintenance, modifications and repairs, Boeing provides a broad spectrum of innovative products and services which directly support and enhance capabilities while reducing total cost of ownership for our Chinook customers globally.”
Boeing’s investments in services infrastructure, building local capabilities, workforce training and partnerships in India are aimed at ensuring the Indian armed forces successfully complete their missions, operate their assets at peak condition and do so affordably.