American aerospace major Boeing Sunday announced the arrival of first batch of four Chinook military helicopters for the Indian Air Force at the Mundra port in Gujarat. A statement from the company said the CH47F (I) Chinooks will be ferried to Chandigarh, where they will be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force later this year. The Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel. It is also used for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.
“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 statement said. The delivery is part of a $3.1bn contract signed by India with Boeing in 2015 for the procurement of 22 AH-64E Apache attack, and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook transport helicopters. India is expected to receive all of the AH-64E and CH-47F(I) helicopters this year.
RE Rogers India handled this critical project. In an official statement, Ravinder Sethi, Managing Director, RE Rogers India said, “besides being market leaders of exhibition logistics, we are also very heavily involved in defence related logistics .The latest mega achievement was handling of the first phase of the Boeing Chinooks for the Indian Air Force .The logistics was done from point of origin with our US partners, TWI, forwarding four Chinooks plus other materials by sea freight to Mundra Port in Gujarat .We did all the clearances and handlings from vessel’s arrival in Mundra. It was a delight to work at this port – extremely efficient and very customer friendly. Credit also to my entire team for carrying out this operation with the utmost of efficiency and professionalism. It’s an honor to be their Captain! More than anything , it’s a feeling of great pride to be part of the country’s defense building process. Hip Hip Hurrays for our Armed Forces!”
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