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Indian Air Force pilots begin Chinook training

18 October 2018

Four Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots and an equal number of flight engineers have begun receiving instruction in the United States to operate and maintain Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, 15 of which are set to enter service with the IAF from mid-2019.

Officials told Jane's that the eight-member IAF contingent started its training at Boeing's Delaware facility on 15 October and is likely to be succeeded by a similar team at an undisclosed date.

Boeing had announced in July the successful completion of the maiden flight of the first Chinook earmarked for delivery to the IAF.

The 15 twin-rotor platforms are scheduled to be handed over between 2019 and 2023.

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