UN contingent from IAF flagged off

An IAF contingent to the UN mission in Congo was flagged off today and it will be the fifth team of airmen and officers that will replace the existing troops there.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 21:50 PM IST

New Delhi: An IAF contingent to the UN
mission in Congo was flagged off today and it will be the
fifth team of airmen and officers that will replace the
existing troops there.

Group Captain Pradip Waman Ambekar will be the leader
of the contingent comprising 285 air warriors. The contingent,
to be based along the Rwanda-Uganda border, will operate Mi-17
transport helicopters in the erstwhile volatile provinces of
Kivu and Ituri, an IAF release said here.

The helicopters would be employed for observation,
reconnaissance, casualty evacuation, logistics supply, troop
insertion and extraction operations and armed support, as and
when required.

The attack helicopters would provide deterrence and
cover to Mi-17 operations and ground convoys, the release
said.

The contingent was flagged off from Palam airport here
by IAF`s Deputy Chief Air Marshal N V Tyagi.

PTI