Cheetah crash kills two more as military awaits chopper replacements
NEW DELHI: Obsolete single-engine Cheetah and Chetak helicopters, which lack modern avionics and suffer from poor maintainability, have taken two more precious young lives in the armed forces.
Majors Rohit Kumar (35) and Anuj Rajput (28) were killed after their Cheetah helicopter crash-landed near Patnitop while on a routine operational sortie with another chopper in J&K at about 11 am on Tuesday.
“The two choppers were returning to their Udhampur base from the Kishtwar area when radio contact was lost with the Cheetah that crash-landed. Though both the pilots were critically injured, one responded to a call on his mobile phone. They were evacuated by road to the nearest medical facility but succumbed to their injuries,” said an officer.
The court of inquiry will establish the exact reason behind the mishap but the fact remains the armed forces have been demanding new light utility helicopters to replace their old Cheetah/Chetak fleets -- which are of the vintage of 1960s-1970s and plagued by a high crash rate -- for almost two decades now.
TOI in July had reported the armed forces, after sounding repeated rms over the years, wanted emergency induction of some new light utility choppers
“Apart from the legacy, serviceability and maintainability issues of the Cheetah/Chetak fleets, a major limitation is the lack of modern avionics that assist in stability augmentation and build better situational awareness for the pilots,” said former naval aviator and test pilot Commander K P Sanjeev Kumar (retd).
前海军飞行员和试飞员指挥官K P Sanjeev Kumar(已退休)说：“除了猎豹机队的遗留问题、可用性和可维护性问题，一个主要的限制是缺乏现代航空电子设备，以帮助增强稳定性和为飞行员建立更好的态势感知。”
“Modern glass cockpits can fuse together multiple navigation aids and avionics to present the information in a manner that eases the workload of the pilots when operating in low visibility and challenging weather conditions,” he added.
Overall, the Army, IAF and Navy need 498 new light utility helicopters. As of now, they have 345 Cheetahs and Chetaks. In 2015, India inked an inter-go nmental agreement with Russia for 200 twin-engine Kamov-226T choppers for Army (135) and IAF (65) in a `Make in India’ project worth around $2 billion.
What happened to make in India project? Has Jay Shah taken all the money Or That gujrati pm?
If you cannot make in India why can't they be imported. Why this ego of make in India at the cost lives of pilots.
Modi go nment has failed the armed forces
No money .... everything monitized for Elections
We need Central Vista , New parliament, New PM house first .
Armed forces can wait
Our Supreem leader comes first then Nation !
Right Modi ji ?
不! 我们首先需要新议会大厦，新总理官邸，军方的直升机可以等，我们印度的最高领导人比国家更重要！ 对吧，莫迪?
don't worry. garbage Modi is resposding to the call from our army by building a new 20000 crore PMO office and a new parliament for his dacoit po itician friends
Make in India has still a long way to go, with bureaucracy hindering projects at every level. Hope it doesn't get stuck as Fake in India
HAL is a joke ...they're way behind schedule in assembling their Russkie fighters, along with everything else, so depending on them to 'build' new copters, is like trying to wring water from a stone.
ModiG has 22k cr for central vista ? But no money to save life of our armed forces ?
What can we expect from BJP who give priority is given to stupid statues and stadiums, And trying to win the ions in the name defence expenditure.. Actually it on the life of these poor pilots who are loosing life due to these helicopters instead fighting for the safety on India, Need to get rid of this stupid BJP now.
Govt spent 8000 CRORES on PM's luxury Boeing dreamliner jets, but does not have money for our airmen
Asad Akhil Sayed
Still using cheetah!!! Govt should provide solid defence equipment for our defence personnel. Pls phase out cheetah, mig-21.
Please pay attention to this you are spending billion of dollars on Defence equipment including Rafale but we need to replace old helicopters which are not fit , for the sake of our jawans
Military should not use the dangerous obsolete choppers any more.
While Feku still keeps on wasting our limited resources on white elephant projects such as the bullet train project, temples/statues and his new residence as part of the Central Vista project, there is simply no way we can stop these flying coffins from crashing. On top of that, even if Feku only invested in military hardware just as much as what he spent on his new custom-made Boeing 777 aircraft, this accident could have been prevented. #ResignModi
This has been going on for many decades. WE must expedite domestic manufacture in public as well as private sector.
In such a situation buy first build later.
Not sure why our Armed Forces are forced to use 50 to 60 years old choppers. Every 2 months we hear a news that Cheetah has met with an accident
Who cares ?