Dhruv to be used to fight terror

Dhruv to be used to fight terror

Srinagar, Oct. 4,2007

After the successful trials in the icy heights of Siachen, India's indigenously-developed helicopter Dhruv has been inducted in the Indian army for providing logistic support to the ground troops during counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

This multifaceted helicopter will provide a new capability to the security forces in the state and can also be effectively used for disaster relief, search and rescue operations and casualty evacuation.

Dhruv, the multi-role advanced light helicopter, would be stationed at Indian army's state-of-the-art aviation base at Manasbal in Ganderbal district.

Developed by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, this versatile new generation helicopter is capable of carrying out multiple tasks at the same time.

A scintillating display of formation flying, high gravity manoeuvres, slithering operations and high speed small team insertion operations were given by a team of Dhruv helicopters led by commanding officer of the squadron Colonel Rakesh Kapoor at the inauguration of the Manasbal aviation base on Monday.

The Dhruv helicopters had successfully conducted test trials in the Siachen in February this year.

After its induction, Dhruv will join the Mi-17, Chetak, Cheetah and Chetan helicopters, which fly daily in Siachen skies for logistic, communication, casualty evacuation and supply support.