First indigenously-developed chopper called Rudra was given to the Indian Army on 8 February 2013. It is important to note that Army has raised the fleet of attack choppers of its own. Rudra is the first out of 60 armed helicopters which provided to the Army by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Army deputy chief Lt Gen Narendra Singh described that the first platform of weaponised choppers was important for the Army because in the battle field, fire as well as manoeuvrability need to be integrated closely in order to manage the ground operations. Rudra will be useful in getting this capability.
The first squadron of these choppers would become operational soon. There are in all 60 choppers, and every squadron will encompass 10 of these choppers. There are plans of inducting an overall 60 Rudras which will be segregated into six squadrons.
Rudra is armed with Mistral, the air-to-air missile, heavy machine guns as well as rocket pods. This will help in assisting the ground forces.
Army also planned to get under-development Light combat helicopter (LCH), which is also produced by HAL. It is important to note that control of the future acquisitions of these attack choppers was given to the Army, after a clash between the Army and the Air Force.
Who: Indian Army
When: 8 February 2013