Attack Choppers to Add Teeth to Indian Army's Strike Corps

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    New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) With the rapid evolution of battlefield concepts, the Indian Army is preparing to shore up its aviation wing with attack and tactical-lift capabilities to increase the punch of its three potent strike corps, a concept fine-tuned during a just-concluded war game in the Rajasthan desert close to the Pakistan border, defence analysts say.



    With the strike corps tasked to slice through the enemy's defences, the helicopters will supplement this by the quick insertion of fully-armed soldiers and their heavy weaponry, as also provide close air support to the troops and the armoured elements, a senior officer of the army's Ambala-based 2 Kharga Corps explained.

    It was this transformational doctrine that was validated during the month-long exercise Vijayee Bhava (Be Victorious), even though the army does not operate any attack helicopters in its aviation wing at present and has to depend on the Indian Air Force (IAF) for them, the officer added.

    "The strike corps trains for rapid mobilisation and resolute application. Mechanised (battle tanks and armoured personnel carriers) manoeuvres are the essence of offensive operations. In the future battlefield, air assets will play a decisive role. With the exponential increase in the air assets with the army and the air force, these will be employed in an integrated manner to gain a decisive edge in combat. This is the first time we have used the combat air assets in such an exercise," the officer told IANS, but speaking strictly on condition of anonymity as he was not supposed to speak to the media directly.

    As per the army's plans for its aviation wing -- mooted in 2007 and to be implemented over a 15-year period ending 2022 -- the three strike corps would be beefed up with an aviation brigade comprising two squadrons of 12 attack helicopters each, apart from two squadrons with 15 choppers each for tactical battle reconnaissance and casualty evacuation, top army sources said.

    Apart from the 1, 2 and 21 strike Corps, the army will also provide aviation brigades to each of its 10 pivot or defensive corps, but these would essentially be in the nature of tactical lift capabilities, with some offensive elements.

    At present, the army relies on two squadrons of Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters and Mi-17 medium-lift choppers of the IAF for testing its transformational concepts.

    Defence ministry officials, when asked about the army's aviation plans, said the IAF would continue to play a "strategic" role while the army would acquire its air assets for a "tactical" role.

    The army, obviously, wants to have "full command and control" over the "tactical" operations of air assets so that it could meet its rapid deployment needs and for combat air support.

    The army is already looking at procuring 114 of the indigenously-developed light combat helicopter (LCH), which took to the skies for the first time in March 2010, and 64 of which IAF is buying.

    This apart, the army is in the process of acquiring 133 light utility helicopters for $1.9 billion, along with the IAF's 64 for $960 million, as part of a 197-chopper deal for which Eurocopter's AS550-C3 Fennec and Russia's Kamov Ka-226 are in the race. These would replace the 150 Cheetah and Chetak helicopters of 1970s vintage in the army aviation fleet which are extensively used for transportation in high-altitude areas, including the Siachen Glacier.

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    hope i can see them in my life time
     
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    So what are we looking at?

    So what are we looking at?

    To be inducted very soon: :)

    Mil-28N
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    HAL-LCH
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    To be phased out after a long and glorious career: :(

    Mil-24/35
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    like i said earlier these choppers shall be an integral part of the ORBAT
    when launching an assault first into enemy territory (after the brahmos and IAF have had their way with massed armor formations and strong points) the choppers shall fly 50-60km behind the UAV's and shall rely on real time data from the UAV's to avoid any SAM's that might be left ,and shall be primarily used to take out small armor formations and mobile ATGM teams that shall undoubtedly be deployed by the enemy.

    For the curious the UAV data shall be utilized by the Smerch and tube artillery to lay down a wall of fire on any defenders that lie in front of the advancing armor and infantry.
     
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    @pmaitra- I hope the hinds find alternative careers as naxalite/insurgent busters with the paramilitaries.
    would hate to lose those magnificent beasts, truly the "Tanks of the sky".
     
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    Totally agree. I am virtually in love with these magnificent machines. What attitude, what mean looks. Really, it is a romance to watch these fly the skies daring the best of the best machine guns at close quarter combat! Truly the fire breathing dragon 'Dobrynya Nikitich' of the Russian Folk Tales!
     
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    we should totally modernize the Hinds to the south african ate-superhind standards, this would give us a cutting edge airframe for assault type missions


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    One small clarification for post #3: Mil-24/35 is with the IAF and, if I am not mistaken, is not part of IA. However, the Army Aviation Corps might actually induct attack helicopters. That post was made in the general sense.
     
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    army strike corps supported by their attack helos would be very effective against the enemy.

    they are very much part of the strike force these days around the world and they are force multipliers in themselves.
     
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    Army Aviation corps has already ordered HAL LCH. So has IAF.
    However Only IAF is purchasing Mi-28/AH-64 to replace current fleet of Mi-35.
     
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    ^^ Thanks for the info.

    So, the initial trusts will be joint IAF and IA-AC affair using Mil-28N, AH-64D and HAL-LCH I guess; to be taken over purely by IA-AC in the later stages for mop-up or low intensity operations using only HAL-LCH?
     
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    The IA-AI LCH , will be flying most of the Close Air support missions. As a result IA may want more LCH , so that it can support most of its offense corps.

    IAF is more likely to operate in the same capacity as in Kargil. Unless we plan to buy more MI-28/AH-64's
    LCH will comprise the tip of heli assults.

    India will eventually operate over 200 LCH and little over 20 MI-28/AH-64. LCH will comprise the majority of our capabilities.
    We would need significantly more Attack copters to pull of cold start , well over 500.
     
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    only 20-24 ,dont u think the no is very small, we need atleast 50-60 of them ,lah is adifferent type of machine,it may compared to cobra,but mi-28 or apache longbow is more bigger,meaner & stronger machine,and i totally agree after serving many years the hinds should be transfered to bsf or crpf for counter insurjency opperation as it can be used for both for troop carier & gunship role .
     
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    LCH is probably not the best option to be the tip of the helicopter assault because of its relatively weak armour. It scores over other helicopters by virtue of its low weight and being able to operate at high altitudes. However, if the combat is on the plains, Mil-28N and AH-64 are the safer bets.

    Once the enemy has been softened, LCH can be used.

    Good point. True, Mil-28N and AH-64 should be at the forefront simply because of their armour and weapons load capability.
     
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    I always wished that the IAF hand over all of its attack choppers and most of its transport choppers to the IA.
     
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    Why hand over all attack choppers to the IA? IA-AC will have its own choppers according to its requirements and IAF will have its own. Attack choppers are frequently used to escort transport aeroplanes. So IAF will definitely need a good bunch of them.
     
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    Don't forget that Mi-17s are also used by IAF as gunships.

    Aren't we buying nearly 200 more of those?
     
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