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Indian Army raises new aviation brigade for LAC operations

The Indian Army's new aviation brigade comprises three units -- Advanced Light Helicopters Rudra, Cheetah and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Heron Mk1. Asianet Newsable's Anish Kumar reports from Tezpur

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Tezpur College, First Published Oct 18, 2021, 8:04 AM IST
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As part of efforts to enhance its strike capability, the Indian Army has raised an independent aviation brigade at Missamari in Assam's Tezpur to provide logistic support to the soldiers deployed along the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh. 

The distance between Tezpur and Bum La under the eastern army command is around 150km.  

This year in March, the Indian Army's new aviation brigade was raised comprising three units -- Advanced Light Helicopters Rudra, Cheetah and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Heron Mk1, people familiar with the development said.

Talking to media persons, Corps of Army Aviation's Lt Col Amit Dadhwal shared the details about the Army aviation's journey so far.

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Lt Col Dadhwal said that the Corps of Army Aviation evolved from simple-fixed wing aircraft with basic avionics to state-of-the-art equipment that we have in the rotary platforms today in the form of Cheetah, Advanced Light Helicopters, ALH-Weaponised System Integrated and Light Combat Helicopters.

Lt Col Dadhwal further said, "These Rotary Wing platforms provide us and our leaders and commanders a plethora of capabilities so that we can achieve success in all kinds of operations."

In the eastern sector right from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh, India shares a total of 1,346 km-long the Line of Actual Control with China.

Recently, Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane and Indian Air Force Chief ACM VR Chaudhari had expressed concerns over the presence of Chinese troops and fighter jets along the LAC in the Ladakh region. 

However, they had also maintained that their forces are ready to handle any misadventure.

Now, the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh’s multiple locations has entered into 18 months. However, the disengagement of men and machines have taken place at some friction points but the de-escalation process is yet to happen. 

So far, 13 rounds of top commanders-level meetings have taken place. The last round which was held on October 10, culminated inconclusively. The Chinese side alleged that New Delhi presented unrealistic proposals to the border resolution while India hit back, saying that it provided constructive suggestions to which China did not agree and also not given any forward-looking proposal.

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