The first batch of four of these copters were offloaded at the Mundra port of Gujarat (Photo: ANI)

The first four Chinook helicopters delivered to the Indian Air Force.

Boeing on Sunday delivered the first 4 Chinook helicopters out of the 15 procured by India from the United State.

These heavey-lift helicopters will be used to move and transport cargo, artillary, ammunition, equipments and troops across the whole country.

The helicopters were delivered at the Mudra port in Gujarat after they were handed over to the Indian authorities this week. They will be used by the Indian
Air Force starting later this year. This will also help the modernisation goals of the helicopter fleet by the Indian Air Force.

The CH-47F (I) Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide the Indian armed forces with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. The Indian Air Force currently has 15 Chinook helicopters on order,” the company said in a statement.

“Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with over 160 partners in India, and a JV to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters. Annual sourcing from India stands at $1 billion,” it added.

Last year, Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar had said: “Indian industry partners such as Dynamatics are building large sections of Chinook, and the Tata Boeing joint venture in Hyderabad is building the complete fuselage of the Apache.”

The government had in September 2015 finalized the contract for the Indian Air Force’s 22 Apaches and 15 Chinooks. The Defence Ministry had also approved the procurement of 6 Apache helicopters with weapon systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army.

This will be the first fleet of attack choppers for the India Army. The AH-64E Apache is the leading multi-role attack helicopter and is used by the US Army in its operations. Its features include cognitive decision aiding, improved survivability and joint digital operatibility as stated by a Boeing official.