NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s air force said Friday it accidently shot down one of its own helicopters as it engaged Pakistani fighter planes in an aerial confrontation in Indian-controlled Kashmir in February. … The Press Trust of India news agency said a surface-to-air missile shot down the Mi-17 aircraft in Kashmir on Feb.
Why India shot its own helicopter?
The fateful Mi-17 helicopter was shot down by an Indian missile when Indian air defences were on high alert following the February 26 Balakot airstrike that targetted a terrorist camp in Pakistan. The helicopter crashed near Budgam, killing all six Indian Air Force personnel on board.
How many attack helicopters does India have?
|HAL Light Combat Helicopter||India||2|
|Boeing AH-64 Apache||United States||22|
Does India manufacture helicopter?
The HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is an Indian multi-role attack helicopter designed and manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
HAL Light Combat Helicopter.
|Light Combat Helicopter|
|Primary users||Indian Army Indian Air Force|
|Number built||8 (4 TD 3 LSP)|
|Developed from||HAL Dhruv|
Which is India’s best fighter jet?
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is the most advanced fighter jet in operation with the Indian Air Force and is the primary air to air and air to ground strike machine.
Is Indian army powerful?
India’s military is one of the strongest in the world—but its soldiers are among the worst paid. … Military Direct ranked China as the strongest based on a scoring system and information from its own sources. “It looks like China would come out as top dog in a hypothetical super conflict,” the study said.
Is Indian Air Force powerful?
The force totals over 800 fighters. But there’s more to an air force than just fighters. India also sports a lot of transports, ranging from the relatively small An-32s to the powerful C-17 Globemasters — and these are just two of the six transport types in service. … The Indian Air Force also has a lot of helicopters.
Did India shoot down a Pakistani jet?
‘India has lost a lot of credibility’
India awarded Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman a Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistani F-16, described by the IAF as an aircraft superior to the MIG21 Bison that Varthaman was flying.
Who shot abhinandan plane?
Wing Commander Muhammad Nouman Ali, who downed an Indian Air Force jet piloted by Abhinandan Varthaman on February 27, will be conferred with Sitar-e-Jurat while Squadron Leader Hassan Mahmood Siddiqui will be awarded with Tamgha-e-Shujaat.
Can a MiG 21 defeat f16?
AMRAAM missiles can only be fired by F-16s in the PAF inventory. Both the IACCS (Integrated Air Command & Control System) and the Phalcon AWACS registered the radar signature of one MiG-21, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, cross the Line of Control and engage an F-16 with a R-73 missile.
How many Tejas India have?
At a ceremony at Yelahanka airbase in Bangalore this Wednesday, Indian aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aerospace Limited (HAL) signed onto a $6.58 billion agreement to deliver 73 new Tejas Mark 1A Light Combat Aircraft jets and 10 Tejas Mark 1 two-seat training jets to the Indian Air Force.