Boeing's CH-47F Chinook tandem rotor medium lift helicopter has emerged as the winner against Russian Mi-26T2 heavy lift helicopter to meet an Indian Air Force requirement for 15 heavy-lift multirole helicopters.
The Chinook has emerged as the lowest bidder in comparison to the Mi-26 after both the helicopters passed the extensive technical evaluation and field trials conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF).
The Chinook's bid was lower both in terms of initial direct acquisition cost as well as life cycle costs.
The Boeing Chinook meets tactical and combat support mission requirements for military forces around the world.
The Chinook is capable of handling useful loads up to 24,000 pounds (10,886 kg) and a maximum gross weight of up to 50,000 pounds (22,668 kg).
Its tandem rotor configuration also provides exceptional handling qualities that enable the CH-47 to operate in climatic, altitude and crosswind conditions that typically keep other helicopters from flying.
The Chinook has been in U.S. Army service since 1962. The 50 year old chinook platform has evolved into a reliable multi role helicopter, with the 50 years legacy reducing its production and lifecycle costs.
Recently Boeing Apache Longbow helicopter cleared a deal for 22 helicopters for Indian Air Force which outperformed the Russian Mi-28 Havoc. The deal is worth $1.4 billion.