evacuation of refugees Current Affairs - 2020
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally inducted the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters made in the US. The Chinook helicopters ordered from Boeing in September 2015, were commissioned into the IAF’s 126 Helicopter Unit.
Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, twin-engine, tandem rotor which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel. Chinook would be deployed for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.
The advanced multi-mission helicopter Chinook will provide the Indian armed forces with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. Chinook helicopters can carry out military operations during the night too.
Chinook helicopter gives India a tremendous capability, primarily in the inter-valley troop transfer since it eases the inter-valley troop transfer to take acclimatized troops from one valley to another valley.
Chinook helicopters will give the IAF quantum leap in terms of ability to transport cargo to precarious high altitude locations.