Friday, September 23, 2011

Exclusive! Police Force in India sans helicopters?

Neelam Mathews
Sept 22, 2011

The chronic lack of helicopters, significantly hampers the ability of India’s police force operations in certain areas and terrain. It is not clear if the police force in India has any helicopters in its assets, but the time has come to start evaluating its requirements, say officials.

The need for helicopters in India is increasingly being felt in the arenas of law enforcement and Emergency Medical services (EMS).

“The recent attacks in Mumbai have proven a need for helicopters with hover capability,” says Rishi Malhotra, General Manager India Bell Helicopters.

“The Bell 407 AH (Attack Helicopter) is light, agile and has the capability of being close to buildings. It is also easy to maneuver,” he adds.

Bell is believed to be in discussions with the Ministry of Home Affairs on the need for around two helicopters at least in Mumbai and Delhi for use in patrolling.

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