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Parrikar visits US facility that will build India's Chinook choppers

American choppers joining IAF fleet traditionally dominated by Russia

Chinook chopper
Chinook chopper

On Wednesday, wrapping up his three-day visit to the US, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar flew from Washington to Philadelphia to visit Boeing’s rotorcraft facility, where India’s Chinook helicopters will be built, starting next year. Business Standard visited the Philadelphia unit ahead of that visit. Parrikar was taken to a former locomotive manufacturing plant, which Boeing has transformed into a state-of-the-art Chinook production line. An empty section is draped with an Indian tricolour and a poster that read: ‘India: Restarting the Alt(ernate) Line in ...