The 3 June crash of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft, in which 13 service personnel died, has accelerated New Delhi’s efforts to equip a large proportion of the IAF’s fleet of helicopters and transport aircraft with Israeli-made search-and-rescue (SAR) systems to help locate aircraft that have either crashed or are in distress.
IAF sources told Jane’s that the service’s Dornier 228, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited/Avro 748 and Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft are to be fitted with emergency locator transmitters and airborne locator systems from Elbit Systems.
The IAF’s Mi-17 transport and Mi-25/35 attack helicopters as well as Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III), Cheetah (Aérospatiale SA-315) and Dhruv rotorcraft are also expected to be fitted with this equipment.
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