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Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: Why has the US grounded its Chinook helicopters, and what it means for India” published in Indian Express on 1st September 2022.
What is the News?
The US Army has grounded its fleet of CH-47 Chinook helicopters after finding the helicopter to be at risk of engine fires.
What are Chinook Helicopters?
Chinook Helicopters are medium-lift, multi-role helicopters manufactured by Boeing.
Why has the US Army grounded Chinook?
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.
What implications does this development have for the Indian Air Force(IAF)?
The IAF operates a fleet of 15 Chinook helicopters, and it has not grounded them as it awaits more word on the US development.
The Chinooks were inducted into the IAF in 2019. One Helicopter Unit of Chinooks is based in Chandigarh while the other is based at Mohanbari air base in Assam.