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    Anonymous

    Activities by some contractors in Afghanistan has created some strong properganda in the CH-47 vs. Mi-26 debate.

    Does India want the Chinook or the chopper that carries the Chinook?

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    Anonymous

    MI-26 is better…..

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    Anonymous

    Mi-26 is better…

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    Dev

    Bro, I don't see how the Chinook can be better than the Mi-26, the Halo performs better than the Chinook on all parameters! The fact is technically the Halo is a "younger" model and far more useful at high altitudes than the chinook, for instance the americans contracted a Russian company to use a Halo to pick up a downed Chinook off of an Afghani mountainside!! Of course one has to concede that the chinook is now been considerably "pimped out" with advanced kit but for high altitude ops the Halo has no match IMHO

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    Anonymous

    Welcome to Seattle, Shiv! I hope you get time to see the Museum of Flight. The displays of a Concorde, F-15, former Air Force One plane and NASA Shuttle trainer should be very interesting, apart from the Boeing factory tour that I assume you will already be on.

    -SC.

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    Joy

    Mi-26 is like a Boeing 747 with rotor blades. Mi-26 is like a beast in the helicopter world.

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    Joy

    And welcome to the US Shiv! I live in Boston.

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    sents

    India doen't have anything like CH-47 Chinook. For Pure cargo lifting MI-26 holds a upper hand, but Chinook can land in very small and narrow strips, it can land in water too. Its very agile.
    It will be a good choice, if India selects Chinook. We will be ready for any kind of scenario.

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    Anonymous

    Few days back Obama accused India for its bad economic policy leading to blockage of FDI policy,civil nuclear deal,retail sector reform,etc. Also without CISMOA all US equipments will be easy prey to enemy bullets. So before commenting about India's policy they should first talk about removing hurdles like CISMOA,MTCR and then expect for long term business with India in defence sector.

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    Anonymous

    Just because Mi-26 can list a Chinook, that doesn't mean it's the one India should buy. I am sure there are several Parameters where Mi-26 comes ahead of Chinook, but the fact that it can lift Mi-26, is not one of them, unless that is the only specific reason for having the Mi-26. Frankly, we already have the Mi-26, may be we can use them to lift the Chinooks if we purchase them. After all that is the only good quality some of you have been pointing out. By the way, I am not for or anti any of the two aircrafts, I am just pointing out the flaw in the argument for one vs the other.

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    Anonymous

    Sell the Chinook to India and donate missiles to bring down the same Chinook to Pakistan. Jai Ho!

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    Rahul Devnath

    If i'm not wrong, Indian Air Force, didn't had a very good service record with the Mi-26s. Saying, IAF oprates "few" of them will be optimistic, precisely only 2 of them are left. While CH-47 might 50 years old, its has been constantly updated, similar to C-130 (though not that extensively). Apart from air lifting a Mig-21, some tanks, Mi-26s have seen very limited usage in IAF, i'm sure Chinook is a much more versatile platform, let's see what we get eventually.

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    Anonymous

    Mi-26 will be able to lug around a 155mm cannon to far of high altitude places. the shear lift capacity of Mi-26 gives it a upper hand.

    Chinook can be useful for smaller loads. both are needed

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    Piyush

    Chinook fares well in competition with Mi 26. Chinook can land in narrow strips and water, also. This makes it extremely useful in regions like Siachen and Northeast. Also procuring Chinooks will be a cornerstone in Indo US relations. This will help us in maintaining and stabilisisng relations with the only superpower in the world. We should diversify our equipment supplies more and more towards West from Russia to secure good economic, defense and political ties with West, to ensure our long term prosperity and development.

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