Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 February 2017
News updated at 12:49 AM IST
Weather
Max: 35°C
Min : 19.2°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

Indian Air Force to induct new generation copters

New Delhi, Feb 16, 2012, DHNS:
The Indian Air Force is all set to induct a new generation of helicopters that can be used for launching special operations in the night besides enhancing IAF’s night-fighting capability.

The internal cabin volume is “sufficient for transporting fully equipped infantry soldiers for specialised operations,” said an IndianAir Force spokesperson.

Fully equipped commandos can be dropped for special operations, he indicated.

The gunship has substantial and effective firepower with the latest and more powerful engines that greatly enhance its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes.

Defence Minister A K Antony will induct the new generation Mi-17 V5 helicopters at a function here on Friday. India purchased 80 helicopters from Russia at a cost of $1.34 billion and a follow on order worth $1 billion for 59 such choppers is in the offing. The Union Home Ministry, too, wants to buy six such helicopters for its anti-naxal operations.

An upgrade of the Mi-17 in the medium-lift category, Mi-17 V5 has glass cockpit and is equipped with the state-of-the-art avionics and on-board navigation systems.
The Russian manufacturer has so far supplied 21 such helicopters and six more are expected by March-end. The follow on order will be inked only after the delivery of the first-lot.

The helicopter can undertake all-weather, day and night operations in any kind of terrain. Since the helicopter is fitted with a Bambi-Bucket, it can be also used for fire fighting. It also has a powerful winch — a feature useful in disaster relief operations in restricted areas where landing is not possible.

The entire airframe has a high degree of ballistics tolerance and is crash-resistant.
The helicopter comes equipped with an emergency flotation system and would be useful in undertaking complicated rescue missions.

Mi-17 V5 would enhance the IAF capabilities in undertaking varied roles to face the challenges thrown in by unforgiving weather, hostile environment and difficult terrain in India, said the Air Force spokesperson.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A young leopard in a box in the zoo in Eberswalde, Germany...

A young leopard in a box in the zoo in Eberswalde, Germany...

Devotees performing pooja to Lord Shiva at Shiva Temple, old airport road, on the occasion...

Devotees performing pooja to Lord Shiva at Shiva Temple, old airport road, on the occasion...

Emma Watson arrives for the Beauty And The Beast Premiere...

Emma Watson arrives for the Beauty And The Beast Premiere...

Army jawans firing air shots to pay tributes to L/NK Ghulam Mohi ud din Rather during...

Army jawans firing air shots to pay tributes to L/NK Ghulam Mohi ud din Rather during...

The yet unnamed polar bear cub and its mother Giovanna explore the open air enclosure...

The yet unnamed polar bear cub and its mother Giovanna explore the open air enclosure...

Devotees offering prayers to lord Rameshwara on the occasion of 'Shivaratri' at Rameshwara Swamy...

Devotees offering prayers to lord Rameshwara on the occasion of 'Shivaratri' at Rameshwara Swamy...

A cow stands with the cow photographer in front a screen in Verden, Germany...

A cow stands with the cow photographer in front a screen in Verden, Germany...

A boy carrying his grand father for casting during the 4th phase of assembly elections...

A boy carrying his grand father for casting during the 4th phase of assembly elections...

NSUI activists participating in peace unity march at Delhi University in New Delhi...

NSUI activists participating in peace unity march at Delhi University in New Delhi...

A man dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva performs during a religious procession ahead of the Hindu...

A man dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva performs during a religious procession ahead of the Hindu...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523