Air Force Develops Airborne Locust Control System On Mi-17 Helicopters

The system is being supplied for deployment within the locust management operation.

New Delhi:

The Indian Air Pressure has indigenously modified two Mi-17 helicopters for atomised airborne spraying of pesticide to take care of locust assault, in line with an announcement issued by the IAF on Tuesday.

Utilizing all indigenous parts, the atomised airborne spraying of pesticide has been efficiently achieved in air by a configuration of nozzles mounted each side on exterior trusses of a Mi-17 helicopters, the assertion added.

The nozzles used for the aim are a mixture of commercially obtainable in addition to those developed by the Central Scientific Devices Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh.

The pesticide malathion in acceptable focus can be crammed within the inside auxiliary tank of 800 litres capability fitted contained in the helicopter and pumped into the nozzles by utilizing {an electrical} pump in addition to compressed air, reaching almost 40 minutes of spaying period within the contaminated zone overlaying an space of roughly 750 hectares in every mission.

A crew of take a look at pilots and take a look at engineers of plane and Methods Testing Institution, Bangalore have efficiently carried out floor and airborne trials of Airborne Locust Management System (ALCS) on a modified Mi-17 helicopter.

The system is being supplied to be used with malathion for deployment within the locust management operation.

Being an indigenously developed system, ALCS would supply inherent benefits of in-house upkeep, future upgradeability, saving of overseas alternate and help make the nation self-reliant in aviation-related know-how.

Initially, anticipating locust assault, the Ministry of Agriculture signed a contract with M/s Micron, UK to switch two Mi-17 Helicopters for spraying atomised pesticide to arrest locust breeding in Could.

Nevertheless, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the UK-based agency would be capable of manufacture and provide the modification package to the IAF solely from September onwards for system integration and testing, the assertion added.

In the meantime, an unprecedented locust assault began manifesting from Could final week and was quick spreading virtually throughout many states.

“In view of envisaged delay in provisioning of modification kits by M/s Micron, the Indian Air Pressure tasked No. three Base Restore Depot positioned at Chandigarh to undertake the difficult process of indigenously designing and creating an airborne Locust Management System (ALCS) for Mi-17 helicopters,” the assertion added.

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