Indian Army to deploy ‘Rudra’ along Pakistan border

Discussion in 'Indian Army' started by utubekhiladi, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. utubekhiladi

    utubekhiladi The Preacher Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3,021
    Likes Received:
    1,423
    Location:
    TX, USA
    New Delhi: In a move to tighten security along the border with Pakistan, the Indian Army will deploy Rudra version of Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) armed with sophisticated air-to-air and anti-tank missiles soon.

    According to sources, the Army is all set to replace the ageing fleet of helicopters and in this series they will introduce weaponised ‘Rudra’ version of light weight ‘Dhruv’ helicopter.

    Presently, Rudra is in final stage and is integrated with 20 mm turret guns, 70 mm rockets and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM).

    If the sources are to be believed, the Army is planning to induct 114 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) along the mountainous terrains. The LCH has already been tested on March 29, 2011. Besides, the Army is in final stage to induce 197 light observation helicopters to its paddock, sources said.

    Presently, Indian Army has 250 choppers to protect the country.

    Army officials are of the opinion that the expansion of weaponised choppers will also help maintaining security along the Indo-China border, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.


    ___________________


    New Delhi: The army will boost its aerial capabilities on the western front with the deployment of Rudra Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) armed with advance air-to-air and anti-tank missiles along the Pakistan border in the near future.

    The induction of weaponised version of ALH, rechristened Rudra, with the integration of weapon system from 20 mm turret gun, 70 mm rockets and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) is in final stages, army souces said.

    An Indian Army chopper. Image courtesy PIB
    Armed with an array of guns, rocket pods, air-to-air and anti-tank guided missiles, the choppers will provide the field commanders the ability to apply decisive combat power at critical times anywhere in the battle field, they said.

    The 5.5 tonne class twin-engine chopper has a number of advanced features such as Automatic Flight Control System, Integrated Dynamic System, Full Authority Digital Electronic Control and can cruise at speeds of 250 km per hour.

    Necessary changes have been made in the airframe of the chopper to give it agility and speed and to make it a suitable support weapon for the ground troops.

    The chopper has been named Rudra, one of the names of Lord Shiva who is worshiped as the destroyer of enemies, to signify the helicopter’s firepower and capabilities.

    Meanwhile, army is all set to replace its ageing fleet of helicopters with induction of new versions of light and combat choppers.

    The induction of 197 light observation helicopters is in the final stages. Meanwhile, army will induct 114 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) suited for deployment along the mountainous terrain, sources said.

    LCH which is being designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) carried out its maiden flight in March last year.

    The proposal of inducting tactical battle support helicopters, also known as Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) of 10-20 tone class is also in the pipeline, they said.

    At present army has a fleet of over 250 helicopters. With the new inductions in the pipeline, as per the long term perspective plan, the army will be able to plan and conduct operations in the Tactical Battle Area (TBA) without any hindrance, the sources said.
     
    LETHALFORCE likes this.
  2.  
  3. Sikh_warrior

    Sikh_warrior Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

    Joined:
    May 18, 2010
    Messages:
    504
    Likes Received:
    271
    Location:
    Bharat
    Glad to hear the news.....time has come for india to flex its muscles!
     
  4. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    43,118
    Likes Received:
    23,545
    Location:
    Somewhere
    What is the aim?

    Air Cavalry like the US in the offing?

    [​IMG]
     
    sayareakd likes this.
  5. p2prada

    p2prada Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,233
    Likes Received:
    3,896
    Location:
    Holy Hell
    Sir you will have to tell us that... :)
     
  6. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    43,118
    Likes Received:
    23,545
    Location:
    Somewhere
    I really don't know.

    250 of such helicopter deployed on the frontiers makes no tactical sense unless they are in support of some doctrine/ plan.

    One does not require so many helicopters merely to 'guard' borders or in the anti infiltration role.

    We do not use airpower as a matter of principle in COIN.
     
    smartindian, SHASH2K2 and W.G.Ewald like this.
  7. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    14,140
    Likes Received:
    8,528
    Location:
    North Carolina, USA
    Is UAV considered airpower in that context?
     
  8. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    43,118
    Likes Received:
    23,545
    Location:
    Somewhere
    I don't think UAVs are being used.

    We also don't have UCAVs.

    And even if we had them, UCAVs would not be used.
     
  9. communismforindia

    communismforindia Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    13
    we have atleast 7 different types of UCAVs
     
  10. communismforindia

    communismforindia Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    13
    good development, but wrong side... china is now more important than thise pigs
     
  11. p2prada

    p2prada Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,233
    Likes Received:
    3,896
    Location:
    Holy Hell
    Sir I don't think we have ordered for 250 Rudra Helicopters. The report seems to indicate we presently have 250 Helicopters of different types in service.

    I guess the final numbers for Rudra aren't out. But I could be wrong in this.
     
  12. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    43,118
    Likes Received:
    23,545
    Location:
    Somewhere
    Thanks.
    ........
     
  13. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    43,118
    Likes Received:
    23,545
    Location:
    Somewhere
    Would be grateful to know which are the ones.
     
  14. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    43,118
    Likes Received:
    23,545
    Location:
    Somewhere
    Ewald,

    This is what I could find

     
  15. p2prada

    p2prada Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,233
    Likes Received:
    3,896
    Location:
    Holy Hell
    We presently have the HAROP UAVs. They are kamikaze droids and can loiter over battlefields. They are meant to target radar installations.

    Israel Exports Loitering Anti-Missile Drone

    There is a much watch video in the link. Just a minute long.

    We have a large number of Harpy combat drones too. IA has them and the numbers are unknown AFAIK.

    IAF has already sent RFIs for UCAVs like the Predator drone.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011

Share This Page