India to restore grounded aircraft in Afghanistan

After supplying four attack helicopters to Afghanistan, India is quietly moving to qualitatively scale up military assistance in terms of long-term spares and support. This involves a trilateral framework with Russia, officials confirmed to The Hindu who said it is likely to be discussed by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi when … Read more

During the Surgical Strike, IAF’s Attack Helicopters were on standby along with 70-80 Soldiers

The Army’s surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) early Thursday that destroyed seven terror launch pads were carried out by 70-80 commandos from two separate battalions of Para Special Forces (SF) with IAF attack helicopters kept ready at four bases in J&K to address any contingency, sources told The Indian Express. Commandos of … Read more

An American makeover of India’s military choppers

Few purchases are more demonstrative of the changing nature of US-India ties than the deal that will result in the gradual makeover of the Indian military’s helicopter fleet from a largely Russian line-up to a mostly American one. From choppy to chipper could well be the title of this saga, as India’s defense minister Manohar … Read more

India unable to Transfer Fourth Mi-24/35 to Afghanistan due to unavailability of Spare parts

Mi-24 IAF

In a major policy shift last year, New Delhi had agreed to transfer four Mi-24/35 attack helicopters to Afghanistan, the first supply of lethal equipment to Kabul, which has been seeking Indian assistance to strengthen its fledgling Afghan National Army (ANA). However, it has been learnt that the last of the four helicopters is yet … Read more