CH-47 Chinook, AH-64 Apache to be inducted in forces soon, says Parrikar

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  1. WolfPack86

    WolfPack86 Senior Member Senior Member

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    In a bid to strengthen country's defence forces, the Defence Ministry has issued an order worth Rs 22,000 crores for purchase of CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apachehelicopters which will be inducted in the forces soon.

    "The ministry has already issued an order for purchase of 15 Chinook and 21 Apache helicopters, which will soon be inducted in the forces," Defence Minister Manohar Parrikartold reporters here today.

    The minister said that the order, totalling Rs 22,000 crores, has been placed for the purchase of these choppers, which will strengthen the capabilities of country's defence forces.

    To a query regarding the upcoming Union Budget, Parrikar said the Centre has decided to allocate adequate funds for the defence sector.

    "There are two elements for the budget, one is expenditure and another salaries. And on both fronts, the government has decided to give enough (funds)," he said.

    Parrikar said that the ministry has no constraint with regard to defence capital.

    "We are fulfilling the orders which were given 10 to 5 years back. Finances for the same is already reserved," he said.

    Parrikar noted with pride that in his 16 months tenure, not a single question has been raised on the defence purchase front.

    "...This itself indicates that I don't fall for the pressures," he said.

    Parrikar also said that with the Defence ministry giving the nod to export 'Brahmos' and 'Akash' missiles, Indian forces will get a boost.

    Claiming that neighbour Pakistan is wary of India's defence powers, Parrikar said during a recent exhibition that Pakistan withdrew display of its JF-17 Fighter jets when India's 'Tejas' (Light Combat Aircraft) was showcased.
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  4. suny6611

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    New Delhi

    The US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) is developing a new military helicopter engine that would provide 50% more power at the same weight as the currently fielded engine.

    According to Army Tech, the advanced affordable turbine engine (AATE) demonstrator program aims to develop a turboshaft engine with reduced fuel consumption and improved shaft horsepower.

    This engine configuration can be fitted into the Black Hawk and Apache installation envelopes, which are also in service in the IAF, as well as current and Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft.

    It is said to improve range and payload capability and increase hot and high operational capability for Apache and Black Hawk platforms.

    Two cost share arrangements for the engines have been awarded to General Electric and Advanced Turbine Engine Company, a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney.

    The AATE program culminated in 2014 with the completion of full engine system demonstrations, which included performance, durability, and sand tests.

    The demonstrations significantly mitigated the risks involved with transitioning advanced turboshaft engine technology to a planned program of record, known as the Improved Turbine Engine Program, the US Army said in a statement.
  5. sorcerer

    sorcerer Senior Member Senior Member

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    Parrikar Off To US, Will Visit Facility Building Heavy-Lift Choppers For India
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will on Wednesday visit a Boeing facility in Philadelphia where the US aerospace giant manufactures its CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, which will be inducted into the Indian Air Force in 2019.
    The Chinooks will fill a crucial gap in the Indian Air Force’s heavy-lift capabilities as it currently operates a solitary Soviet-origin Mi-26 chopper to deliver payloads to high altitudes.
    Parrikar on Sunday left for a three-day visit to the United States during which New Delhi and Washington are likely to sign a key agreement for reciprocal logistics support, a defence ministry official said.

    India and the US are likely to sign the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) that will allow the two countries to provide logistics support to each other’s fighter planes, warships and personnel.

    The two countries agreed “in principle” to conclude the LEMOA during US defence secretary Ashton Carter’s visit to Delhi in April.
    Last September, the NDA government placed a $3.1-billion order for 22 AH-64E Apache Longbow attack helicopters – also manufactured by Boeing -- and 15 Chinooks to scale up the air force’s capabilities.

    Air Chief Marshal Fali Major (retd), the first and only helicopter pilot to become IAF chief in 2007, told HT, “Given our deployments in mountains and remote areas, the heavy-lift chopper becomes ever so important for moving troops, equipment and artillery.” India’s capability has thinned with the phasing out of three Mi-26 choppers.

    Parrikar would get an update on the project and see how the Indian Chinooks are being manufactured. Boeing will start delivering the tandem rotor choppers to the IAF in March 2019. The chopper can be used for secondary missions such as aircraft recovery, disaster relief, medical evacuation and search and rescue. India is the 19th country to have selected the Chinook.
    Boeing had beaten off competition from Russia, which had offered its Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter gunship and the Mi-26 heavy-lift choppers to the IAF. The US is currently the biggest supplier of weapons to India, having won orders worth over $13 billion during the last seven years.
    The Chinook helicopters were introduced in 1962 and earlier variants were deployed in Vietnam.
    Apart from holding talks with Carter, Parrikar’s engagements include visits to the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, Andrews Air Force base, Langley Air Force base and the US Cyber Command.

    Capacity: 55 troops or 10 tonnes of freight
    Service ceiling: 20,000 ft
    Max speed: 302 kmph
    Length: 30.14 m (with rotors operating)
    Height: 5.68 m


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