Friday, April 03, 2009

Para military forces to get multi-role helicopters

New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) In an effort to intensify reconnaissance missions and give an edge to para military force operations in difficult terrains, the Home Ministry will procure eight multi-role helicopters from HAL worth over Rs 343 crores.
The ministry has signed a contract with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the supply of eight advanced light Dhruv helicopters which can be used for civil as well as military roles.
The first lot of four helicopters will delivered by the end of this month and the remaining in 2010-11, the ministry said in its report for the month of March.

For the first four months, these helicopters will be used for training before being pressed into operations.

Dhruv is a multi-role and multi-mission advanced light helicopter developed by the Helicopter Division of the HAL which can be used both during day and night operations.

The Central paramilitary forces have been demanding air-power from the ministry to give an edge to their counter-insurgency operations in various parts of the country, officials sources said.

CRPF's Anti-Naxal force Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) has also sought air-power to help it tackle the Left-wing extremism spreading across a number of states, especially in those areas where land movement is limited, the sources said. PTI

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