Army gets first indigenous attack chopper

The first indigenously developed weaponised helicopter, Rudra, was on Friday handed over to the Army which has successfully raised an attack helicopter fleet on its own.

This is the first of the 60 armed helicopters provided to the Army by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after theDefence Ministry handed over the control of all attack helicopters to the land force.

"This is a very important system for us as it will be the first platform (of choppers) which is weaponised," 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," said Army Aviation Corps' Maj Gen P K Bharali. He was talking on the sidelines of a function where HAL chairman R K Tyagi officially handed over the chopper to the Army. The chopper is armed with air-to-air missiles such as the 'Mistral'.

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