Army gets Rudra attack helicopter
"This is a very important system for us as it will be the first platform (of choppers) which is weaponised. In any battle, fire (power) and manoeuvrability should be closely integrated to support ground operations and provide immediate help if and when required.
"This (Rudra) will help us to get that capability," Army Deputy Chief Lt Gen Narendra Singh told reporters here.
"The first squadron of the helicopters would be operationalised soon. We will have 60 choppers and one squadron will have 10 of them," Army Aviation Corps' Maj Gen P K Bharali said here.
He was talking on the sidelines of a function where HAL Chairman R K Tyagi officially handed over the chopper to the Army.
Bharali said a total of 60 Rudras would be inducted into the Army and the machines will be part of six squadrons.
The chopper is armed with air-to-air missiles such as the 'Mistral', rocket pods and heavy machine guns to help the ground forces with close air support. The Army is also planning to procure the under-development Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) being produced by the HAL.
Recently, after a long tussle between the Army and the Air Force, the
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