NEW DELHI: India's horrific crash rate of fighters may grab all the eyeballs, but ageing helicopter fleets are an equally big worry. As many as 30 military helicopters have crashed since 2010, claiming well over 50 lives. And these are just the Category-I crashes, with pilots continuing to grapple with technical problems in their old helicopters almost on a daily basis.
Ageing machines, inadequate pilot training, shoddy maintenance and spares support have all come together to lead to a high crash rate of fighters and helicopters over the years in India. Stating that the main reasons for the accidents were "technical defects" and "human errors" in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, defence minister minister Manohar Parrikar put the tally of helicopter crashes at 28 since 2010.
Now what does this tell the sickulars? is it Modi to blame or the rampant corruption during the congress rule that made the choppers fall off the sky due to inferior parts and things that make logical sense? ... Now is the time under the new government when the military morale is high because they have a free hand to retaliate to any misadventures which was not the case under the family rule yet people will point to BJP for their problems be it their torn underwears. It is sad that so many pilots who were patriots lost their lives due to this corruption. Sad but true.
Over 30 military helicopters have crashed since 2010, claiming well over 50 lives. Blaming aging equipment is mostly an excuse for this amateur IAF gong show. Would be same high crash rate even with new equipment.
This is due to A/ Ageing fleet B poor maintenance C low morale of the mainaince crew ,who seem to have lessbenefits than their fyling crew.
The acquisition of defence hardware is mired with corruption. To avoid corruption charges, all concerned have just pushed files and have avoided taking decisions. All this because of lack of transparency. This attitude has cost the country's defence preparedness apart from loss of young lives. The government should make a policy which is transparent.
It is obvious....India has been buying cheap Russian used stuff all these years.....Time to get something good now
It tells that the Congi Governments crippled our forces and they never bothered to replace ageing fleets. In their rush for looting and greed we lost several pilots and expensive machinery due to lack of money while the netas enjoyed good life under the Italian mafia family. Hope the media would run a feature on Pappu and Co's corruption on defence procurement.
Does this tell anything ? is this normal ? consider choppers do operate in very difficult terrains and surely no pilot will EVER EVER like his birdie to go down and he would have tried his very best to keep her safe ! so where is the fault then ? possible terrains or maintenance issues / low quality spares ( due to comprommised purchaes n ciorruption) / inadequate training or something else ?