The US official grounded the entire new fleet of Chinooks that are equipped with Honeywell engines as a result of the precautions taken.
According to the most recent data, engine problems have not caused any injuries or fatalities. Depending on how long the order lasts, the grounding of the Chinook helicopters, a workhorse on the battlefield since the 1960s, might present logistical difficulties for American soldiers.
Approximately 400 Chinooks powered by Honeywell engines are being used by the US Army, according to the details. Boeing declined to respond to inquiries and sent them to the Army.
According to a Honeywell spokeswoman, the engine manufacturer collaborated with the army to find that certain O-ring components didn’t adhere to the company’s design requirements. According to him, the components were put at an Army installation during routine maintenance. The Honeywell official said the business is attempting to provide the Army with new parts, however, he declined to identify the manufacturer of the parts.
According to an Army spokeswoman, the service has found the source of the fuel leaks that led to “a few engine fires among a few” of the helicopters. She claimed that the Army is acting to remedy the problem.
India received the first batch of Chinook helicopters in February 2019. Boeing completed the delivery of 15 Chinook helicopters to the Indian Air Force in 2020.
Both regular and special Army personnel use the Chinook, a heavy-lift utility helicopter, to transport more than forty-dozen soldiers or items. For 60 years, it has been a mainstay of the Army’s helicopter fleet.
About 15 CH-47 Chinook helicopters are in India. They have become one of the most important military tools for airlift operations in places like Ladakh and the Siachen Glaciers to support Indian forces stationed in these areas over the past few years.
Sources : WSJ