Army to set up its own mini air force
Army which recently won the conflict with the IAF to get heavy-duty attack helicopters of its own, it is now is now aiming to create its own mini air force.
Army has approved the setting up of a permanent cadre for the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) by the end of 2102, which will operate light observation and attack helicopters in the short-term and medium-lift choppers and even fixed-wing aircraft in the long-term.
- Nations such as the US, China and Pakistan have a dedicated aviation wing within their armies.
What is the current scenario?
Currently, the AAC operates around 250 light helicopters like Druv, Cheetah and Chetak, while attack and medium-lift choppers have always been with IAF. The Army has demanded one attack helicopter squadron (10-12 choppers) for the establishment of its three "strike" formations –
- Corps (Mathura)
- Corps (Ambala)
- Corps (Bhopal)
In addition, it has plans to induct another 114 ‘Rudra’ light combat helicopters for the 10 ‘pivot’ corps.
What IAF is worried about?
- As per IAF it will lead to duplication of efforts and waste of scarce resources.