Thursday, November 11, 2021

Army turns its focus to flying arm, sets up 3 integrated Aviation Brigades amid tensions at LAC

New Delhi: As tensions with China continue to simmer along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army is focusing on increasing its surveillance and move capability and is in the process of revamping its Aviation Corps, ThePrint has learnt.

Sources in the defence and security establishment said the Army has set up three integrated Aviation Brigades, two of which are along the LAC.

While a new Aviation Brigade has come up under the Eastern Command, as reported by ThePrint last month, two more have been set up under the Northern and the Western Command as part of the new Order of Battle (ORBAT).

“These new Aviation Brigades are part of the rebalancing that the Army has been doing. This ensures that there is a more coordinated and localised control of the aviation assets,” a source explained.

Also, all drones operations have now been moved to the Aviation Corps from the Artillery which used to be in charge of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as part of the revamp.

These Aviation Brigades have been set up along with integrated surveillance and operations centres that continue to monitor sensitive areas round the clock, not just through the feed sent in by the drones and the helicopters but also the satellites.

Sources said a need was felt to have a more coordinated round-the-clock surveillance capability rather than just boots on the ground.

11/11/21 Snehesh Alex Philip/Print

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