BSF writes to govt on ''Dhruv'' choppers
India - 23 may 2011
New Delhi, May 23 - - The Border Security Force (BSF) has written to the Government for replacing indigenous ''Dhruv'' helicopters saying they did not fulfil its operational requirement.
"The Advanced Light Helicopters- Dhruv-- are not helpful in our operations like casualty evacuation and troop reinforcements. They are useless for us. Most of the times these helicopters are under servicing and there are issues about its capabilities to fly beyond a certain height," BSF sources said.
"We have informed the Home Ministry in this regard. The helicopter keeps developing regular snags," they said.
The air wing in these naxal-affected areas is under the command of the Border Security Force (BSF) and is used by the personnel of CRPF, ITBP, SSB and state police forces.
The BSF air fleet at present has six ALH ''Dhruvs'' and two more will soon be inducted.
The Home Ministry, meanwhile, has also finalised a deal to lease six additional helicopters from a private vendor after a tender in this regard was floated last year by the government.
"These helicopters will be in place by June this year and will help security forces deployed for anti-naxal operations,"the sources said.
The present fleet of ''Dhruvs'' placed in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Ranchi (Jharkhand) are also out of work due to reasons of want of spare parts or requirements of servicing.
The BSF air fleet, according to sources, will also be inducting a large transport plane as the two Avros that it has are non-operational due to technical reasons.
Source: Press Trust of India