Thursday, 18 July 2013

Army pilots to be made combat-ready in Bangalore

Pilots of the Indian Army’s Aviation Corps will be trained to be combat-ready here in Bangalore. The pilots who will fly the weaponised version of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Rudra, will undergo simulator training in the months to come at the city based Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF).

HATSOFF, which already has a simulator cockpit for the civil, conventional variant of the ALH Dhruv has so far offered simulation-based training to over 100 Indian Air Force Pilots.

“The integration for the new simulator to train pilots on the weaponised ALH has been taking place and we would be starting training in the months to come,” an HATSOFF Official told dna.

According to a veteran helicopter pilot, the per-hour cost of training on a full mission simulator is generally below 55% of the hour cost of flying on an actual helicopter.

The Indian Army’s Aviation Corps first squadron comprising the ALH Rudra is also likely to be raised in Bangalore.

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