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Indian Air Force’s Chinook sets record for Longest Non-Stop Helicopter Sortie

Source : Press Trust of India (PTI)

Indian Air Force’s Chinook sets record for Longest Non-Stop Helicopter Sortie
The Chinook helicopter is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel. (Image tweete by @DefencePROPalam)



A Chinook helicopter of the Indian Air Force on Monday set a record for the longest non-stop helicopter sortie by flying for seven-and-half hours from Chandigarh to Jorhat in Assam, defence officials said.

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 defence official said the rapid mobility will allow the Indian Air Force to deploy the helicopter optimally as required.


India had finalised a contract in September 2015 to procure 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinooks choppers from the US at a cost of around $3 billion.

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