On Friday, the company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) officially handed over the Indian army first combat helicopter Rudra its development. This is the first of 60 armed helicopters, planned for the production HAL after the Ministry of Defense has transferred the land forces at the disposal of all combat helicopters.
«The first squadron will be formed recently. Total will have 60 such helicopters, each squadron will have 10 machines, «said the commander in Bangalore army aviation Maj. Gen. PK Bharali (PK Bharali).
Rudra helicopter is armed with rockets «air-air», such as Mistral, missiles in containers and languid fire machine guns for close air support to ground troops.
The Army also plans to buy attack helicopters LCH (Light combat helicopter) development of HAL. Not long ago, after disputes between the Army and the Air Force, Ministry of Defence decided to transfer all available army helicopter gunships purchased. According to plans of the army, each army corps will have a squadron of armed helicopters, any of the 3 army drum corps — a squadron of attack helicopters.