New Delhi: Two new well advanced military choppers will be inducted to the elite air wing of the Border Security Force after six months of delay.
The air wing of the BSF is tasked with the job of carrying air support missions for the trops along the border and for the anti Naxal operations.
The choppers which are Russian made Mi-17 V5 choppers will boost the flying capability of the central paramilitary forces which are deployed for a variety of internal security tasks throughout the country.
A senior BSF official said, “Two new Mi-17 V5’s are in India now. The choppers are flying for trials in various parts of the country and will be soon inducted in the BSF air wing.”
The choppers will initially be based at the BSF hanger at Safdarjung airport and are expected to formally inducted into the fleet by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on April 9.
It is widely expected that the new pair of choppers will be used in the anti Naxal operations which are armed with latest avionics and night flying capabilities which has been a long time requirement for the security forces undertaking operations in the Naxal infested areas.