Wednesday, July 01, 2020

IAF modifies Mi-17 helicopters for locust control spray

Chandigarh: Chandigarh based 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the city-based Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) have developed an indigenous control system for two Mi-17 helicopters for spraying atomised pesticides to arrest locust breeding.

IAF officials Wednesday said that anticipating a locust attack, the Ministry of Agriculture had signed a contract with M/s Micron, UK in May this year to modify two Mi-17 helicopters for spraying atomised pesticide. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK based firm would be able to manufacture and supply the modification kit to IAF only from September 2020 onward for system integration and testing.

However, in view of locust attacks being reported across many states, the IAF tasked 3 Base Repair Depot to indigenously design and develop an Airborne Locust Control System (ALCS) for Mi-17 helicopters.
Using all indigenous components, the atomised airborne spraying of pesticide has been successfully achieved in air through a configuration of nozzles mounted both sides on external trusses of a Mi-17 helicopter. The nozzles used for the purpose are a mix of commercially available nozzles as well as the nozzles developed by CSIO, Chandigarh.
01/07/20 Man Aman Singh Chhina/Indian Express
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