Army, Air Force discussing control of attack helicopters: Bipin Rawat

The Indian Army is in a tussle with the Indian Air Force over who will control the attack helicopters, including the Apaches, which the army believes is better grouped with its strike formations.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat here on Thursday said that the army is in discussions with the air force over who will control these helicopters. The development follows a similar tussle between the two services over the Apaches in the past.

While addressing the army’s annual press conference, Rawat, however, said that the two services are reaching a consensus on what will be role of the Apaches.

While asserting that it is a “tank killer”, he added that it needs to be grouped with the army’s strike formations and will provide necessary support for mechanised (tanks, infantry combat vehicles) columns.   Read More

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