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First ever arrested landing of Naval Tejas successfully executed in Goa

The First ever arrested landing of Naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, a 4.5 generation, light weight, multirole fighter was successfully executed at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), INS Hansa in Goa. This will pave the way for this Indigenous platform to undertake Aircraft Carrier landing demonstration on board the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya.

Key Highlights

The LCA (Navy) Flight Test Team was led by Cmde J A Maolankar (Chief Test Pilot), Capt Shivnath Dahiya (LSO) and Cdr J D Raturi (Test Director).

They successfully executed a text book arrested landing that heralds the arrival of true indigenous capability and displays professional prowess of our scientific community Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) embedded with design and build capability of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Labs involved in executing this land mark event.

Other Participants– Certification Agency (CEMILAC), Quality Agency (DGAQA) and all the men and women on the ground who serviced the aircraft and monitored it during strenuous trails.

Besides marking the beginning of a new era where multiple agencies have come together to achieve a common goal, this event has also put India on the world map as a country with capability to design a deck landing aircraft.

What is Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF)?

SBTF replicates the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. It was built to train naval pilots in complex manoeuvres of landing on short flight deck of an aircraft carrier before they move on to actual carrier.

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Bulletin: India delivers First Pair of Mi-24 helicopters to Afghanistan

India recently handed over two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan. The helicopters were formally handed over by Indian Ambassador to the acting Minister of National Defence of Afghanistan at Kabul Air Force base.

Key Highlights

  • Background: Under a tripartite agreement in 2018, India had agreed to finance purchase of four attack helicopter from Belarus and then deliver them to Afghanistan.
  • This is the second time that India agreed to transfer lethal military equipment to Afghanistan. In December 2016 India had gifted four Mi-25 (Mi-24D) helicopters drawn from the inventory of the Indian Air Force and three Cheetah utility helicopters manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). In past India has also transferred non-lethal equipment, including vehicles, communication equipment, transport choppers & medical supplies to Afghanistan.
  • About: The helicopters delivered are a replacement for four attack helicopters which India gifted to Afghanistan in 2015. Soon remaining two will be sent as replacement.
  • Objective: to strengthen Afghan air force against battling an increasing deadly Taliban insurgency in the backdrop of the United States (US) looking to exit war-torn country (after 17-year stay).
  • Importance: The handover of Mi-24 comes at crucial time for Afghanistan, which is looking for alternative sources of funds and weapons to steady and sustain its defence forces in case of US exit and eventual consumption of international funds. India has pledged and donated more than $3billion in aid and reconstruction efforts to Afghanistan.
  • Signifance: The Mi-24 helicopters will enhance effectiveness of Afghan National Defence and Security Force and will boost capability of Afghan Air Force (AAF) in combating rising terrorism in country. It will also bolster war-torn country’s capability in fight against terrorism and counter insurgency.

Mi-24

  • It is a large helicopter gunship thus can be used for assault. It can also be used for transport missions as it can ferry up to eight people.
  • Being a attack helicopters, it is designed to take on fortified enemy positions and locations prone to heavy ground fire to flying in troops.

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