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  1. RPK

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    Armed helicopter unit gets operational at Barrackpore - The Times of India


    KOLKATA: In keeping with the Centre's initiative to upgrade defence infrastructure in the east, an armed helicopter unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will become 'operational' at Barrackpore, nearly 25 km from Kolkata, on Thursday. Air Marshal R K Sharma, air officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC), will himself fly a Mi-17 V5 chopper before declaring the 'Tarkshya' Helicopter Unit (HU) operational. This will be the second Mi-17 V5 HU to become operational under the EAC. One unit has been operating from Bagdogra for nearly a year now. Barrackpore received its first Mi-75 V5 on June 29, 2012. Even as more of these versatile aircraft came in, the unit got busy in flood relief operations in the eastern theatre.

    The medium-lift Mi-17 V5 is an upgraded variant of the Russian Mi-17 helicopter flown by the Indian Air Force for several decades. The new choppers are equipped with modern avionics and navigation systems. The helicopter is also the first glass-cockpit variant to be inducted into the IAF.

    "With substantial firepower, it falls in the category of an armed helicopter. Its onboard weather radar and Generation-III night vision goggles, coupled with electronic flight and instrument management systems, increases the range of its operations in bad weather, varied terrain and poor light conditions. The choppers are also equipped with a 'Bambi Bucket' fire-fighting system and fitted with loud hailers and powerful searchlights for effective use during a disaster in an urban environment," an official said.

    The unit has successfully carried out trials for sea flying and electronic warfare. The helicopters have operated in high-altitude terrain, air bridging the remote and inhospitable terrain of the North East. They have also participated in the search and rescue missions over land and sea. On Thursday, before the HU becomes 'operational', pilots will give a demonstration of their skills and the aircrafts' capabilities.
     
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    For a moment i thought about getting Rudra.
     
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    Very good development!!!

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    Looks pretty neat too!!!!
     
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    The medium-lift Mi-17 V5

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    Now instead of those rocket pods lets see a spicy rack of some CLGM's up there...