National Defence Bureau,
Jalandhar, 24 May 2018
IAF has pressed into service its MLH class helicopter using Bambi Buckets, to contain the forest fire at Katra. The operations started this morning wherein two helicopters, one each of the Daring Dragons and of Snow Leopards units, of the Western Air Command were launched. The helicopters filled in water from the Reasi water reservoir in the specially built Bambi Buckets which can carry approximately 2500 ltrs of water at a time.
The first drop was done in the area of the new track from Ardhkuwari to Bhawan. “It was a daunting task keeping in mind the challenging terrain and high tension cables in the area” said the captain of the lead aircraft Wing Commander Vikram.
Operation of these types require special skills by the pilot who flies with a very heavy load underslung. The operations are scheduled to continue through the day till the fire is contained” said Wing Commander Rahul the captain of the second aircraft.
A reccee of the area was carried out yesterday to ascertain the complexities of the operations.