19 Oct '12, 9am

LEADERSHIP: The Indian Army Wins A Big One - Strategy Page

October 19, 2012: The Indian Army won a major victory over the Indian Air Force recently when the government agreed to transfer most attack helicopters from the air force to the army. That means the army gets control of over 270 armed helicopters (22 AH-64s, 179 light combat models and 76 armed Indian made transports). The air force will continue to operate a dozen or so elderly Mi-25 and Mi-35 helicopter gunships, until they retire by the end of the decade. These are export versions of the Russian Mi-24. The army has long complained that air force control of the armed helicopters, which were designed to support army operations, are sometimes difficult to get from the air force in a timely matter. Another aspect of this deal is a new agreement by the air force to station some transport helicopters at army bases in Kashmir, so that there will not be a delay when transport i...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20121019...

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