India — Army Closer To Induct Attack Helicopters

India’s Defence Min­is­ter A. K. Antony, ordered the Indi­an Army to deploy addi­tion­al man pow­er in the north-east region to counter the grow­ing Chi­na threat.

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He informed the Indi­an Army while review­ing the mod­erni­sa­tion process to be pre­pared to induct more attack heli­copters into the force. The mod­erni­sa­tion of the Indi­an Army has been in the spot light since the for­mer Army Chief’s let­ters to the PM were leaked to the media. The let­ters point­ed severe short­ages in fight­ing equip­ment and sys­tems.

India cur­rent­ly has two attack heli­copter units, both under the com­mand and con­trol of the Army, but flown and main­tained by IAF pilots and per­son­nel. The approval from the Defence Min­istry to induct more advance attack heli­copters means that the two Mi-25/35 flights under two heli­copter units will soon be flown by Army Avi­a­tion pilots.

The IAF will induct the 22 brand new AH-64D Apache Block III attack heli­copters from Boe­ing and, lat­er, the Light Com­bat Heli­copter.

The Defence Min­is­ter also reviewed the process of acqui­si­tion of artillery guns and asked the Army to reform it’s acqui­si­tion process. The Army has been told to step up infra­struc­ture devel­op­ment in the North East. Infra­struc­ture of ammu­ni­tion stor­age sys­tems will also be upgrad­ed in the north-east region.

The Army has been told to pri­ori­tise weapons acqui­si­tion and focus on crit­i­cal areas to plug exist­ing gaps.


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