India's para-military forces to recieve helicopters
India has decided to equip its para-military forces with helicopters in the wake of threats to Indian airports and the Mumbai terror attacks last November
Reports from India say that the five main para-military forces, the Border Security Force, the Central Industrial Security Force, the Central Industrial Security Force, the Assam Rifles and the elite command of force, the National Security Guards, will soon be given eight multi-utility light Dhruv helicopters to boost their operations in harsh terrains and in difficult situations like a terrorist attack on the country.
The Home Ministry has already signed a 3500 million rupee (70 million U.S. dollars) deal with the country's helicopter manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.
"While four chopper would be allocated to the para-military forces this month, the remaining four would be handed over to them later this year or early next year," he said.
Dhruv is a multi-utility advanced light helicopter fitted with night-vision equipment.
At present, the para-military forces borrow helicopters from the Indian armed forces or sometimes from private operators during an operation. Their own chopper would give them an edge to conduct an operation without waiting for outside helicopters to arrive for their use.
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