BSF writes to govt on `Dhruv` choppers

Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 18:25

New Delhi: The Border Security Force (BSF)
has written to the Government for replacing indigenous
`Dhruv` helicopters saying they did not fulfil its
operational requirement.

"The Advanced Light Helicopters- Dhruv-- are not
helpful in our operations like casualty evacuation and troop
reinforcements. They are useless for us. Most of the times
these helicopters are under servicing and there are issues
about its capabilities to fly beyond a certain height,"
BSF sources said.

"We have informed the Home Ministry in this regard.
The helicopter keeps developing regular snags," they said.

The air wing in these naxal-affected areas is under
the command of the Border Security Force (BSF) and is used by
the personnel of CRPF, ITBP, SSB and state police forces.

The BSF air fleet at present has six ALH `Dhruvs` and
two more will soon be inducted.

The Home Ministry, meanwhile, has also finalised a
deal to lease six additional helicopters from a private vendor
after a tender in this regard was floated last year by the
government.

"These helicopters will be in place by June this year
and will help security forces deployed for anti-naxal
operations,"the sources said.

The present fleet of `Dhruvs` placed in Raipur
(Chhattisgarh) and Ranchi (Jharkhand) are also out of work due
to reasons of want of spare parts or requirements of
servicing.

The BSF air fleet, according to sources, will also be
inducting a large transport plane as the two Avros that it has
are non-operational due to technical reasons.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 18:25

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