Monday, October 18, 2021

New Army aviation brigade for LAC in eastern sector

Missamari: With the Line of Actual Control (LAC) remaining tense across all sectors, India raised a new aviation brigade in the eastern sector this year. The brigade is mandated with the task of increasing surveillance along the LAC in the eastern sector.

The new brigade was raised in March at Missamari in Assam, close to Tezpur, and has capabilities such as Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), Cheetah helicopters and Heron drones, said sources.

The deployment of Army’s aviation wing also includes weaponised ALH not far from the LAC in Assam. While the function of the new brigade is largely for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities of the Army, it has the capability to support the Army for other objectives as well on the LAC.

A source said the aviation brigade with three squadrons is operating from the Missamari Army Aviation Base.

Lt Col Amit Dadhwal said the Army Aviation Corps has evolved from simple fixed wing aircraft with basic avionics to state-of-the-art equipment today, including the ALH Weaponised System Integrated and Light Combat Helicopters.

18/10/21 Krishn Kaushik/Indian Express

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