Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Indian Army to build its own "Mini Air Force"

Indian Army’s plan to get combat air assets of its own is set to fructify. According to sources, ‘‘the Army’s demand for air assets has got the approval of the ministry of defence (MoD), which has asked the Army to bring about ‘‘organisational’’ changes to expedite acquisition and prioritise its requirements.’’

MTA - Multi-Role Transport Aircraft, under development ( Image Courtesy - theasiandefence )

Last week, during Army chief General Bikram Singh’s first review meeting with defence minister AK Antony for the next two years’ acquisition, the Army’s demand to build a ‘mini’ air force by procuring Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and improving the airlift capability in the North-East was approved.

Rudra - Light Attack Helicopter ( Image Courtesy - militaryphotos.net )

As per plans, the Army is scheduled to get its first attack helicopter, Rudra, which has been developed domestically. Rudra will be armed with 20mm turrent guns, 70 mm rockets, air-to-air missiles and anti-tank guided missiles.  

Along with this the Army has plans to have at least five fixed wings aircraft for each of its operational commands. The Army, wants to have ‘‘full command and control’’ over the ‘‘tactical’’ operations of air assets so that it could meet its rapid deployment needs and for combat air support.


Janmejay - Light Combat Helicopter ( Image Courtesy - bharat-rakshak.com )

The Army is already looking at procuring 114 of the indigenously-developed light combat helicopter (LCH), which took to the skies for the first time in March 2010, and 64 of which IAF is buying.

News Courtesy - financialexpress.com

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