According to a media report, the deployment has been enhanced gradually by the Indian Army as it revamps air firepower at its aviation wings.
Indian Army recently came up with an aviation brigade in the Arunachal Pradesh region after getting more unmanned aircraft ‘Heron I’, chopper ‘ALH Dhruv’ and weaponised attack helicopters ‘Rudra’.
The force raised the Squadron of indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv).
ALH-Dhruv is a twin-engine, multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in the 5.5 ton weight class and is being used for quick mobilisation of the troops.
The India Army has reportedly raised its first-ever dedicated squadron of ‘Rudra’ armed helicopters.
Rudra is the first Army Aviation aircraft to add ‘teeth’ to the fleet of Army’s aviation wing with its Mistral air-to-air missiles, 70 mm rockets, 20 mm guns and ATGMs
The ALH(WSI) is a force multiplier for the field force commander with its potent weapons on board.
It is claimed that the helicopter will be able to storm the forces of the enemy and hunt them down as and when required.
The report quoted a senior Indian Army officer as saying ALH(WSI) pilot will be like an archer who will strike and kill or injure the enemy from a distance.
The ALH(WSI) pilot will be like a fierce God bringing death and destruction to the enemy, the Army officer said.
In August, the Army aviation wing got Israeli-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Heron I from Artillery.
Corps of Army aviation’s Lieutenant Colonel Amit Dadhwal is quoted as saying that the aviation wing has evolved from simple fixed wing aircraft with basic avionics to state-of-the-art equipment.
“We have in the rotary platforms today in the form of Cheetah, Advanced Light Helicopters, ALH-Weaponised System Integrated and Light Combat Helicopters,” Lt Col Amit Dadhwal said.
He also said, “These Rotary Wing platforms provide us and our leaders and commanders a plethora of capabilities so that we can achieve success in all kinds of operations.”
The force has increased frequency of surveillance at the border area to keep a tap on the activities of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at the Line of Actual Control.
The report quoted Major Karthik Garg as saying, “The aircraft since its inception has been the backbone of surveillance.”
“It can climb up to 30,000 ft and continue to give feed to commanders on the ground. So that we can manoeuvre forces on the ground. It has an endurance of 24-30 hours at a stretch,” Garg added.