Will the Kamov Ka 226T meet India’s Requirements?

On November 30, 2016, an Indian Army Cheetah helicopter crashed at Sukhna in West Bengal, killing three officers and injuring a soldier. Whether the Court of Inquiry finds the old age of the helicopter to be a contributing factor to the accident or not, the tragedy does serve to highlight the fact that all the defence services are constrained to fly the old and single engine Chetak/Cheetahs while the nation’s delay in procuring a replacement takes its toll. Indeed, in March last year,a group of wives of Army officers had even petitioned the then Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar to stop the use of these “outdated” helicopters to avoid casualties.

There is no dearth of psychological explanations for human behaviour that causes self-inflicted injury, but when a nation indulges in such behaviour, both, diagnosis and prognosis dwell in areas of uncertainty. India has long indulged in inexplicable actions in the context of defence preparedness and analysts fail to see the rationale steering some of these acts of omission and commission. Read More…


Credit By : Indian Defence Review

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