Thursday, December 01, 2022

Army aviation: First ever ‘Combined Passing out Parade’ held at CATS, Nashik

Nashik: The first ever ‘Combined Passing out Parade (PoP)’ for all student officers attending various aviation and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) courses was held at the premier Combat Army Aviation Training School in Maharashtra’s Nashik on Thursday and certificates were awarded.

A total of 57 officials are ready to to dawn their new role as combat aviators and RPAS crew, an official said.

CATS, located at Gandhi Nagar Airfield here, is the premier flying training institution of the Indian Army and functions under the Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Shimla.

The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant General Ajay Kumar Suri, Director General and Colonel Commandant Army Aviation Corps, the official said.

“It is a momentous day in the history of army aviation as we pass out all the four courses in a common parade. This is happening for the first time. Army aviation is one of the fastest growing arms since its raising 36 years ago in 1986,” Lieutenant General Suri said in his address.

He hailed the Advanced Light Helicopter, the Dhruv basic platform for army aviation, latest induction of LVG Gen 3 that removed the restrictions of night operations, induction of Rudra helicopter and LCH or Prachand, which is tailor-made for high altitude.

“These helicopters can match the best in their class in the world today. The replacement of Chetak, Cheetahs is also underway. We will get the LUH helicopter in place of Chetak, Cheetah. The iconic AH-64 or Apache helicopter will be inducted in the Army aviation in the beginning of 2024,” he said.

Technology should be in the DNA of each aviator and flight safety is the bedrock of all aviation operations, the lieutenant general asserted.

01/12/22 PTI/Print

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