Chinook Helicopters

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    • Recently, Boeing-made Chinook helicopters have come under scanner over issues of engine fires

    About Boeing CH-47 Chinook

    • A twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter.
    • Developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems).
    • Advantages of Chinook:
      • High Capacity: The Chinooks can carry goods and cargo of up to 9.6 tonnes each.
      • Disaster Management: The helicopter can also offer support during disaster relief, medical evacuation, search and rescue missions, aircraft recovery and parachute drops.
    • Current Issue:
    • The Chinook fleet has been grounded by the US Army as it is suspected that some engine fires broke out on an unspecified number of helicopters. 
    • While there have been no casualties because of these fires, yet a decision was taken to ground the helicopters as a precautionary measure.

    Application by Indian Air Force (IAF)

    • The Chinooks were inducted into the IAF in 2019 in a ceremony at Chandigarh. 
    • One Helicopter Unit of Chinooks is based in Chandigarh while the other is based at Mohanbari air base in Assam.
    • The IAF operates a fleet of 15 Chinook helicopters and it has not grounded them as it awaits more word on the US development.

    Source: TH