Saturday, November 27, 2010

Army Transport Helicopters Deal - Boeing Offers CH-47 Chinook Heavy-lift Helicopters

Army Transport Helicopters Deal - Boeing Offers CH-47 Chinook Heavy-lift Helicopters

 Boeing, a leading American defense and aerospace company, has offered India the CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters in response to a Ministry of Defence Request-for-Proposal (RFP) for 15 transport helicopters for the Indian Army.

Confirming exclusively to India Defence (, Dr. Vivek Lall, Vice President, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, India said:
"We also responded to the RFP for 15 transport helicopters with our CH-47 Chinook. We believe the CH-47 Chinook offers India a powerful workhorse helicopter, as capable in supporting the Indian Army in rugged high-altitude outposts, as it will help build India’s infrastructure and bringing life-saving relief supplies to victims of natural disasters. Chinooks will offer India heavy-lift and high-altitude transportation for multitude of military, humanitarian, rescue, disaster relief, fire-fighting and nation-building missions in all climates and conditions and altitudes. They are ideally suited for India’s vast distances, austere environments and high altitudes."
-- Dr. Vivek Lall
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) was faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. It is one of the few aircraft of that era that is still in production and front line service with over 1,179 built to date. 

Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. Chinooks have been sold to 16 nations with the US Army and the Royal Air Force being the largest users and it has seen action in the Vietnam war, Iran-Iraq war, Falklands war and is currently in operation in Iraq and more


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