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//By DefenceExpress//

The Border Security Force has inducted the two new advanced Mi – 17 V5 into its Air Wing, which are tasked to carry air support missions for BSF troops along the borders and in the hinterland for Anti-Naxal operations.

The Russian made Mi- 17 V5 choppers will significantly boost the flying capability of BSF as these advanced machines are capable of operating during night times in highly demanding environment. The choppers can also operate in some of the most arduous and inhospitable conditions at numerous locations.

The two new Mi – 17 V5 will initially be based at the BSF Hanger at Safdarjung Airport. Armed with the latest avionics Mi – 17 V5 with night flying capabilities will fulfill a long-time requirement for Border Security Force which is undertaking operations in Naxal violence affected zones.

BSF Air Wing has a fleet of 04 Fixed Wing (FW) aircrafts(Embraer-01, Avro- 02 and SKA B-200- 01) and 13 helicopters operating under overall control of the Home Ministry.

BSF Air Wing is involved in providing required for addressing threats to the internal security since 1969.

Rotary Wing fleet of the BSF consists of six MI-17 1V, six ALH (Dhruv) and oone Cheetah helicopter. These helicopters operate from various Air bases of the BSF, including Ranchi, Raipur, Agartala, Srinagar and Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.

Medium lift helicopters (MLH) MI-17 1V fleet was inducted in BSF in 2003. These helicopters were procured under J & K action plan.

The fleet, which was mainly used for air logistics and communication tasks, is also being deployed for disaster relief, Special Heliborne Operations (SHBO) for the National Security Guards, Anti-Naxal Operations, Counter Insurgency Operations, Air-maintenance of the remote Border Out Posts and Casualty Evacuation.

The versatility of the MI-17 platform has opened up new avenues for additional tasks like reconnaissance, security, urban policing as well as VIP movement.  There is an expanding operational requirement to augment our capacity of medium lift helicopters due to the dynamic nature of national security threats.

To meet the increased role and tasks that the Home Ministry has approved procurement of eight Mi 17 V5 helicopters  for the BSF. The choppers were also being used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Aviation Research centre (ARC).

The Govt has decided to deploy these MI 17 V5 helicopters in Delhi, Raipur and Ranchi airbases which will be carrying out various operations including, Induction & de-induction of troops, air support for ground operations, casualty evacuation and internal security duties, election duties, etc.

The potent MI-17 V5 helicopters are capable of approx 36 troops at a time. The choppers can withstand Naxal fire owning to its armoured plating.

The choppers are capable of undertaking fire fighting ops as they can can carry water bucket of 5000 litres.

Mi-17V5 choppers can operate  in all areas upto 200 kms radius and easily be converted into air- ambulance.

Out of total eight Mi 17 V5 helicopters, first  two helicopters have arrived while rest of the six will be inducted in two phases during the current financial year. The next batch of 3 choppers are expected to arrive in May and rest of three in September.

At many places, the deployment of BSF is such that for most of the year the road link is totally cut off. For any emergencies arising in these areas and for augmenting the administrative support to these places, the dependence on the Air route was felt. To overcome these problems BSF Air Wing established with one Queen Air in 1969.

Later two Dakotas were purchased in 1970s which remained in service till 1980 and then as the Dakotas were replaced by AVROs.

In the year 1982, Super King B200 Aircraft was added to the inventory of BSF, to increase the air capabilities of BSF.

            During that period BSF air fleet was utilized to air support to just a single force i.e. BSF. The scope of duties was extended to all other CAPFs and Air Wing was re-designated as a common pool of CAPFs.

            In the year 1993 so as to augment the operations in the Arid regions of Rajasthan Ranns of Gujrat, Chetak helicopter was inducted.

DETIALS OF INDUCTION OF AIRCRAFT

 

S.No

Year

Type of Aircraft &     Nos

Base

1.       

1969

Queen Air C-80            : 01

New Delhi

2.       

1969

MI – 4 H/c                    : 04

O&M – IAF

3.       

1972

Dakota                                      : 01

New Delhi

4.       

1974

Dakota                          : 04

New Delhi

5.       

1982

SKA B-200                   : 01

New Delhi

6.       

1982

HS – 748 Avro                         : 01

New Delhi

7.       

1984

HS – 748 Avro                         : 01

New Delhi

8.       

1987

SKA B-200                   : 01

New Delhi

9.       

1990

Chetak H/c                    : 01

Jodhpur

10.   

1991

HS – 748 Avro                         : 03

New Delhi

11.   

1994

SKA B – 200                : 01

New Delhi

12.   

1997

Cheetah H/c                  : 01

J & K

13.   

2003

Mi – 17 1V H/c             : 06

New Delhi

14.   

2005

Embraer 135 BJ            : 01

New Delhi

15.   

2009

ALH                             : 08

Raipur, Ranchi, AGartala

16.   

2015

Mi – 17 V5 H/c             02: 08

Raipur, Ranchi, Sringar, Delhi

 

 

 

 

 

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