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Indian Army to Acquire Helicopter-Borne Early Warning Systems
The Indian Army’s aviation wing will get a major fillip as the procurement of helicopter-borne early warning systems for the land force nears finalization. At present, Indian Army is preparing the details and specifications of the early warning system and a tender will be issued soon. The early warning systems will be integrated with attack helicopter squadrons that the Army will induct in the near future. According to sources, Indian Army is finalizing the specifications of the early warning system which is also expected to be incorporated into the Advance Light Helicopters. As of now, the army is deciding to either rope in private sector players or give the order to state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to design and develop the system.
12 Choppers for IAF for Mission Siachen
Further strengthening its capabilities, the Indian Air Force is procuring 12 new light helicopters for deployment in the Siachen Glacier area. A request for proposal (RFP) has been sent by the IAF to Defence aerospace PSU HAL for buying 12 Cheetal helicopters which will be used for carrying out operations in high altitude areas in the northern borders, IAF officials said here. The Cheetal helicopters are an upgraded version of the Cheetahs with more powerful engines manufactured by HAL. The IAF has some of its squadrons of the Cheetah/Chetak choppers deployed in Leh and Those in Jammu and Kashmir for flying to provide air support to army troops deployed at and along the world's highest battlefield there, the officials said.
Indian Army to Get Own Attack Helicopters Fleet
Indian Army's plans to have a fleet of attack helicopters to provide air power support to its fighting units on the ground got a boost, with the Defence Ministry settling in its favor a long festering dispute it had with the Indian Air Force (IAF) on who would hold the air assets. However, its other plan to have a medium helicopter fleet for tactical air lift has been struck down, with the Defence Ministry deciding that the IAF will be force that will carry out logistics for the army troops in the foreseeable future too. The decisions were intimated by the Defence Ministry to the army and the air force through a letter, after National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon advised Defence Minister AK Antony in the matter.
Despite Gorshkov Delay, India to Acquire Russian Su-30mki and Medium-Lift Choppers
While the visiting Russian Defence Minister has confirmed yet another blow to the Indian Navy by declaring one year delay in Gorshkov carrier delivery, other major military deals are being materialized in New Delhi. India is gearing for the procurement of 42 Su-30 MKI combat aircraft and 71 medium-lift helicopters from Russia. Indian Defence Mister AK Antony and his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov have discussed the issue of the procurement of Su-30 MKI and medium-lift choppers in their meeting earlier. An agreement in this regard is expected to be signed during the visit of President Vladimir Putin on November 1 to India.
NSA Asked To Intervene In Army-IAF Chopper Fight
The Defence ministry has asked the National Security Adviser to intervene and suggest a way out of the tussle between the IAF and the Army over control of attack and medium-lift choppers. The Army has been demanding control over attack and medium-lift helicopters saying they are mainly used for its operations and that is why they should be under it. The IAF has been strongly opposing the demand. The Defence Ministry is seeking advice of the NSA on the issue as to who should control the attack and medium-lift helicopters in the country, Army sources said here. The Army is hopeful that the issue would be decided keeping in mind its operational necessities and requirements, they said.
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