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Indian Air Force phases out last Mi-8 PRATAP helicopters

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World Defense & Security News - India
 
 
Indian Air Force phases out last Mi-8 PRATAP helicopters
 
The Indian Air Force's last Mi-8 "PRATAP" has been phased out yesterday, the IAF said in an official statement. The IAF 112 Helicopter Unit based in Yehalanka air force station was the last unit to operate the platform.
     
Indian Air Force phases out last Mi 8 helicopters 640 001An IAF Mi-8 PRATAP helicopter
(Credit: IAF)
     
The Mi-8 PRATAP has been the backbone of the IAF medium lift combat capability and was the chosen platform for graduation of MLH aircrew.

The Mi-8 arrived in India in 1971 in Bombay and were formally inducted in the IAF helicopter inventory in 1972.

Between 1971 and 1988, the IAF inducted 107 Mi-8 helicopters, rechristened as the "PRATAP".

Ten operational unit received the PRATAP, which was operated in several major IAF operations, including Operation Meghdoot in the Siachen Glacier and Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka. The helicopter also operated extensively in humanitarian and disaster relief operations across the country.

The Mi-8 PRATAP has also been associated with VIP flying for over decades.