Jam­na­gar air­base gets Mi-17V5 he­li­copters

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It was a proud mo­ment for the He­li­copter Unit at the Air Force Sta­tion in Jam­na­gar, when state-of-theart Mi-17V5s were for­mally in­ducted at the base on March 19. The unit was raised al­most 42 years ago on March 3, 1972, at Guwahati and has been op­er­at­ing the Mi-8 he­li­copters, the work­horse for the IAF.

Air Mar­shal Daljit Singh, Air Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief of South Western Air Com­mand, handed over the for­mi­da­ble he­li­copters to the unit in a cer­e­mony. To mark the oc­ca­sion the he­li­copters rolled through the wa­ter can­non, keep­ing up with the tra­di­tional wel­come for new in­duc­tions. The event was also graced by the se­nior of­fi­cers from Head­quar­ters South Western Air Com­mand and Air Com­modore P.R. Navalkar, Air Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing, Air Force Sta­tion, Jam­na­gar.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Air Mar­shal ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the po­ten­tial in­crease in ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the unit in un­der­tak­ing mul­ti­far­i­ous mis­sions in its area of re­spon­si­bil­ity, es­pe­cially Sau- rash­tra and Kutch re­gions of Gu­jarat. The unit has the proud distinc­tion of hav­ing served across the length and breadth of coun­try and across the spec­trum of he­li­copter op­er­a­tions since its rais­ing. The unit has been do­ing yeo­man ser­vice in pro­vid­ing suc­cour and re­lief dur­ing nat­u­ral calami­ties in Gu­jarat since it re­lo­cated at Jam­na­gar in 1990. The unit has been an in­te­gral part of re­lief op­er­a­tions car­ried out dur­ing the mas­sive earthquake at Bhuj and un­fore­seen tragedies like flash floods, ship­ping ac­ci­dents, etc.

The multi-pur­pose Mi-17V5 is equipped with state-of-the-art avion­ics and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems like on-board weather radar and au­topi­lot. It also has ad­vanced night-vi­sion equip­ment and a glass cock­pit. The Mi-17 V5 chop­per is a medium-lift he­li­copter which can carry over five tonnes of load.

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