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What is Army Aviation Corps?

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What is Army Aviation Corps?


Context:

Army Aviation Corps (AAC) celebrated its 35th Corps Day on November 1.

About AAC:

It is the youngest Corps of the Indian Army.

The Corps was raised as a separate formation on November 1 in 1986.

Composition: The AAC now draws its officers and men from all arms of the Army, including a significant number from the artillery.

Roles and functions:

  • The main roles played by the AAC choppers are that of reconnaissance, observation, casualty evacuation, essential load drops, combat search and rescue.
  • The AAC helicopters also participate in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in peace times.
  • In some scenarios, Army helicopters can also act as Airborne Command Posts, replacing the ground command posts if needed.

The fleet:

The AAC currently operates Chetak, Cheetah, Lancer, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, and ALH Weapon System Integrated (WSI), also known as Rudra.

Sources: Indian Express.