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BSF to acquire six MI-17 choppers
September 04, 2003 18:12 IST
The Border Security Force is set to acquire six Russian MI-17 helicopters.
"The first of the six helicopters will be delivered by September 16 and will be inducted into Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast," BSF Additional Director General A K Mitra said in New Delhi.
Mitra said all the six helicopters would be delivered by early next year.
The BSF will also acquire 14 floating offshore battle platforms for Rann of Kutch, he added.
He said on the sidelines of the 8th India International Civil and Defence exhibition that his force is also set to boost its air wing and the home ministry is in negotiations with Lockheed Martin for purchase of two to three medium-lift C130J or its smaller C-27 version.
The Cabinet Committee on Security has also cleared the BSF's proposal to induct Brazilian company Embraer's 14-seater executive jet.