The production plan for indigenously-built Light Combat Helicopters have been made from 2017-18 onwards, the government said on Friday, adding that they are not a replacement for the ageing fleets of Chetak and Cheetah helicopters.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said 62 percent of military chopper accidents in the country since 1986 has taken place due to "human error", trashing claims by a group of army officers' wives seeking replacement of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.
Three army personnel, including Lt Gen. Bipin Rawat, had a lucky escape on Monday as a Cheetah helicopter carrying them crashed seconds after taking off from Rangapahar helipad in Nagaland's Dimapur district.
Cheetah, which became extinct from the country about seven decades back, may find a home in India if the Centre agrees to fund WII`s Rs 260 crore project for reintroducing the feline in
Nauradehi wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh`s Sagar district.
Cheetahs are renowned as the fastest things on legs, but just as important as their speed is their ability to brake, enabling them to twist and turn in pursuit of prey, a study published on Wednesday says.
Even Usain Bolt, currently the fastest man in the world, couldn’t outpace greyhounds, cheetahs, or the pronghorn antelope, according to a light-hearted comparison of the extraordinary athleticism of humans and animals in the Veterinary Record.
No decision has been taken on
reintroduction of cheetah in the wild in the country though
four of them were acquired by a zoo in Gujarat this year under
an animal exchange programme, the government said today.