When we think of the Indian Air Force, the first thing to shine in our minds are supersonic fighter jets, which are flown by brave pilots like Wing Commander Abhinandan Warthaman, engaged in a dog fight with enemy aircraft. Although it is a part of the Indian Air Force, the winged armed force is known for other relevant functions including flying the Prime Minister of India, HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) operations and transporting troops to untouched areas.
And all these operational tasks can be carried out by IAF fighter jets including the reliable Wardog MiG-21, the indigenous HAL Tejas and the upgraded Sukhoi Su-30MKI. Rather, such tasks are performed by non-lucrative helicopters (with the recent induction of Boeing-built Apache attack helicopters and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, they have also become attractive!).
The Air Force’s fleet of helicopters has been steadily growing over the past few years and, more recently, is the highlight of Boeing-built Apache AH-64E attack helicopters. Apart from these, the Indian Air Force has medium and heavy-lift helicopters which not only transport the Prime Minister of the country but also help in rescue operations. during natural disasters.
Here is a list of all the Indian Air Force helicopters that have served the country like an endless hero for ages:
Boeing Apache AH-64E
The induction of the Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters gave a major boost to the attack helicopter fleet of the Indian Air Force. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has included a total of 16 machines to date, of which eight are arriving at Apache Pathankot Air Force Station. By 2020, the Indian Air Force will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, known as the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter. The AH-64E is known for its high thrust and lift, combined digital operations, improved survival and cognitive decision support and is uniquely suited to meet the needs of the commander, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and fatalities Attacks are involved — both in the land and in the littoral environment — all without recombination.
Chinook Boeing-built CH-47F (I) for the Indian Air Force will boost the country’s heavy heli-lift capability. A total of 6 Chinooks of 15 Chinooks have been delivered to India on order so far. The CH-47 Chinook is a sophisticated multi-mission chopper that offers strategic airlift capabilities across all spectrums of combat and humanitarian missions. The CH-47F was built for the US military and international defense forces. It is used by the US Army, the US Army Reserve, the National Guard and the armed forces of over 19 countries.
Mil Mi-17 V5
The Mi-17 V5 is a twin-turbine transport helicopter used by the Indian Air Force to transport the Prime Minister domestically. It is additionally used for different transportation activities and is a sophisticated and reliable platform equipped with trendy avionics and glass cockpit instrumentation and has progressive direction instrumentality, weather radar, and NVG-compatible. The Mi-17 V5 is a variant of the Mi-17 family of helicopters made by former Soviet and now Russian mill helicopter company. Medium lift helicopters are used to transport personnel to remote mountain helipads, which carry out SAR (search and rescue operations) and logistic support operations at the Siachen Glacier, islands apart from the armed role.
Mil Mi-25 / Mi-35
The attack helicopters used to protect India before the arrival of the US-built Apache were the Mi Mi-25 and Mi-35, twin-engine turboshafts, assault, and anti-armor helicopters carrying 8 male assault squad. Are capable of. The Mi-25 was the first attack helicopter squadron of the Indian Air Force and was raised on 1 November 1983. The Mi-35 was incorporated in April 1990. The attack barrel consists of a four-barrel 12.7 mm rotary gun in the nose barrel and up to 1500 kg external armament including Scorpion anti-tank missiles. It has a maximum cruise speed of 310 km / h.
Undoubtedly the pride and largest of the Indian Air Force, the Mi-26 heavy-lift helicopter has been used to operate in the mountains of northern India. Mil-made twin-engine turboshaft of Russian origin is a military heavy-lift helicopter with a capacity of 70 combat troops or 20,000 kg payload. Its maximum speed is 295 km / h.
Aerospatiale Alouette III may be a single-engine, lightweight utility chopper, factory-made in the Asian nation below license by HAL and developed by the French craft company Sud-Aviation.
The Cheetah is an essentially aerospatial SA315B Lama French single-enclosed helicopter built by HAL in India and was developed to meet the high altitude operational requirements of the Indian armed forces. The Indian Air Force has SAR, Casualty Evacuation and RTR (Route Transport Role) in the fleet of Cheetah helicopters. The Cheetah can carry 3 passengers or a 100 kg outer sling load. It has a maximum cruise speed of 121 km / h and can climb up to 1 km in 4 minutes.
HAL Dhruv ALH
Dhruv ALH is a helicopter developed and manufactured by HAL in 2002 and entered service. The indigenous ALH fleet at IAF has grown rapidly from the traditional ALH Mk-I to the state of the art ‘glass’ cockpit ALH Mk-III. A helicopter is a twin-engined machine that can carry 14 passengers with two pilots and has a cruise speed of 250 km / h. It is also used by the Sarang helicopter display team in addition to SAR, CAS AVAC, and RTR operations. There is also an attacking version of the HAL Dhruva called HAL Rudra.