Friday, February 3, 2012

Russian choppers to combat Red terror

n what will increase the capacity and speed of airdropping troops in Naxal-hit areas, the Ministry of Home Affairs is procuring six medium-lift choppers from Russia to be used by paramilitary forces undertaking counter-insurgency operations. The air wing of the Border Security Force (BSF) will soon get the latest Mi-17 V-5 choppers - the same that are now being provided to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Equipped with night flying capability, advanced sensors and electronic equipment, each such chopper can airdrop up to 20 armed troops in any area at a short notice. It can hover over a spot for considerable period, thereby enabling troops to slither down in a selected area.

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