The Indian Army’s aviation fleet is mostly a rusted inventory flogged by succeeding governments to a point when wives of the army aviators had to express their concern over the safety of their husbands who fly these outdated machines. The impact that outdated aviation assets can have on our military capabilities barely needs elaboration. The proposed Kamov 226T deal with the Russians offers much hope. But will the Indian Government be able to negotiate the hurdles that involve negotiating with not just the Russians but also a host of other manufacturers and their governments. Lt Gen BS Pawar (Retired) lists some of these issues and is of the opinion that the deal remains crucial for Army Aviation and needs to be completed this year. If it takes the course that the Rafale deal is into, it would impact our force capabilities rather hard.

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Lt Gen B.S. Pawar