All-BSF Crew Undertakes First Helicopter Flight In Assam

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New Delhi: In a first, an all-BSF air crew on Thursday flew its maiden helicopter sortie carrying Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in Assam.

The country’s largest border guarding force, which used to have a mix crew of IAF and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) onboard its choppers till now, has now recruited retired air force pilots in its ranks. Today’s flight was made in a new Mi-17 V5 BSF helicopter that was purchased by the force in 2015.

“This is a significant achievement and shows the confidence and capability of managing its (BSF) resources and expanding the operational envelop of recently inducted modern Mi-17 V5 choppers,” a Home Ministry statement said. Till now, the BSF aircrafts were being operated by aircrew from the Indian Air Force, it said. The BSF air wing was raised in 1969.