Indian Air Force Mi-17 Armed Gunship with four UB-32 Rocket Pods which is equipped with 57mm S-5 Rockets and is available with HE/Frag Warhead, effective upto a good 4 Kilometres against hard-skinned targets like Bunkers, Armored Vehicles and Enemy Formations.
Indian Air Force Garud Special Forces Operative armed with CTAR-21 Compact Tavor with MOR Red Dot Sight while a Mi-17v5 Armed Gunship in the background with B-8V20A Rocket Pod which fires S-8 rockets and twin UPK-23 gun pod which houses the 23 mm, GSh-23 Cannon.
IAF Depot In Chandigarh To Overhaul Engines Of Russian-Made Choppers
The Indian Air Force 3 Base Repair Depot in Chandigarh has been given the responsibility of establishing repair and overhaul technology of VK-2500 engines of Medium Lift Helicopters, a senior IAF official said today.
This is to ensure post-production maintenance support capability for the Russian made MI-17 V5 chopper fleet, Air Officer Commanding of 3BRD Sanjiv Ghuratia said.
Overhaul in India of VK-2500 aero-engines will gradually reduce the burden on the exchequer and move forward towards the depot's commitment of self-reliance under 'Make in India' mission, he said.
In commemoration of the 87th Air Force Day next month, the media was briefed about the achievements and indigenisation projects of the depot.
The 3BRD of the IAF was established in February 1962, and its role was basically to overhaul and repair Russian transport aircraft, helicopters, their aero-engines and aggregates.
The depot undertook extensive repair, overhaul and rendered spares support to all the war-waging machinery and ensured highest serviceability to support the wars of 1965 and 1971.
The depot initially undertook repair and overhaul of AN-12, IL-14 aircraft, Mi-14 helicopters, its engines and aggregates.
During 1980, overhauling of Mi-8 helicopters, TV-2 aero-engines and VR-8 MGB commenced. In 1991, the depot graduated to the task of overhauling the Mi-17 helicopters together with overhauls of AI-20D engines, propellers of AN-32 aircraft.
The engineering functions of the depot are to support and sustain all Mi series helicopters and aero engines of AN-32 aircraft, Mr Ghuratia said.
It also undertakes the apprentice training programme as part of "Skill India" initiative, he said.
"Be it peace or war or other tasks in service of the nation, the Russian helicopter fleet is doing a great service. We have such a large number of these helicopters flying in Indian skies that they need to be maintained well and overhauled regularly so that they are available for a task at a very short notice."
"And this credit goes to 3BRD, where we have been given technology by Russians to maintain, overhaul and do major repair of these machines and its major components," he said.
"In every operation what the IAF does, major support comes from 3BRD," he added.
He also said under 'Make in India' initiative, a lot of impetus is given to indigenisation.
"The IAF wants to do modernisation through indigenisation, that means over a period of time we want to stop the reliance which is on the foreign resources and we want to make our country self-reliant," the IAF officer said.
"In this area, Base Repair Depots of the IAF around the country are doing a very good job because we are handling directly the overall technology which is the most challenging and complex in nature..," he said.
About training programmes for its personnel, the IAF officer said, "For some of the areas, we are trying to adopt new technologies like virtual reality for training our people. In another few years, we will be equipped with the best training facilities and infrastructure matching with any other professional organisation in the world."
IAF indigenising Russian night vision goggles for use in helicopters
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is indigenising Russian night vision goggles that are used by pilots flying the Mi-17 medium lift helicopter. IAF’s No. 3 Base Repair Depot here, that is responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of Russian-origin helicopters, has been tasked to execute the project.
“The design and development of the NL-93 night vision goggle (NVG) variant will be done in collaboration with the Indian industry, for which the public and the private sector is being approached,” an officer said. “NVG is categorised as a critical equipment and it has to be compatible with the Mi-17’s cockpit and operating parameters,” he added.
NVG is a helmet-mounted electro-optical device based on image intensifier technology that allows images to be produced in levels of light approaching total darkness. NVGs can intensify ambient light to over a thousand times and can function effectively in minimal moonlight conditions or even starlight.
By increasing the air crew’s situational awareness due to improved visibility in the dark, NVGs enhance manoeuvrability and navigation, thereby facilitating better air-to-ground tactics and thereby enhancing mission effectiveness.
The essential features of NVG vision include monochromatic image in a field of view reduced to a cone of 40 deg with diminished visualacuity as compared to daytime vision. Consequently, pilots have to continually turn their heads to see to the sides.
The use of NVGs, however, also has medical and physiological implications. It adds to the weight of the helmet, causing increased stress on the neck and spine. Given the device’s limited field of view of about 40 degrees, the pilots have to constantly rotate their heads for wider arc of vision. Air crew are also required to undergo brief training capsules on the use of NVGs.
The IAF began using NVGs in helicopters in 2002 for operation flying such as special heli-borne operations, troop deployment, search and rescue and communication. It carried out its first NVG-assisted rescue in 2007, when it evacuated two injured soldiers, one of them with a serious head injury, in the north-east.
According to IAF sources, once the indigenous NVG for the Mi-17 is certified for use, it would be adapted for other helicopters in the IAF’s inventory such as the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-developed Dhruv and Rudra as well as the upcoming Light Combat Helicopter.
IAF’s No 3 Base Repair Depot in Chandigarh, that is responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of Russian-origin helicopters, has been tasked to execute the project. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is indigenising Russian night vision goggles that are used by pilots flying the Mi-17 medium lift...