- Jun 12, 2021
I think IA will have to start adding medium and heavy weight helicopters, air mobility will be key in the next conflict (with due respect to jointness and intra service rivalry). Currently our vertical lift capacity is as little as 1/10 of US Army, can't remain a bhooka-nanga forever.The US Army Aviation units are much larger. A single Indian Army Aviation Unit usually has only 10-12 helicopters/drones. A brigade would be 3-4 units. So maybe the composition is:-
10 ALH Dhruv
10 Rudra (Maybe)
Mi-17 and Chinook are Air Force heptrs. I will party the day Air Force allows Army to have its own medium lift heptrs like Mi-17 that the Army has been begging for under the Tactical Battlefield Support Helicopter (TBSH). Forget heavy lifters like Chinook, that is not happening.
EDIT: Also, your ORBAT for US Army Aviation is wrong. Kiowas have already been retired and replaced by Apaches. As to why one would replace a Scout Heptr with Apache, I don't know. Maybe being done to continue the stupid American Officer tradition of using Recce units as fighting force.