New Delhi: In a move to tighten security along the border with Pakistan, the Indian Army will deploy Rudra version of Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) armed with sophisticated air-to-air and anti-tank missiles soon.

According to sources, the Army is all set to replace the ageing fleet of helicopters and in this series they will introduce weaponised ‘Rudra’ version of light weight ‘Dhruv’ helicopter.

Presently, Rudra is in final stage and is integrated with 20 mm turret guns, 70 mm rockets and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM).

If the sources are to be believed, the Army is planning to induct 114 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) along the mountainous terrains. The LCH has already been tested on March 29, 2011. Besides, the Army is in final stage to induce 197 light observation helicopters to its paddock, sources said.

Presently, Indian Army has 250 choppers to protect the country.

Army officials are of the opinion that the expansion of weaponised choppers will also help maintaining security along the Indo-China border, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.

JPN/Bureau