Army Chief General Manoj Pande Flies In IAF’s Apache Attack Helicopter On Ladakh Visit


New Delhi: Army chief General Manoj Pande, who is on a two-day visit to Ladakh, flew in an Apache attack helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday, where he was briefed about its capabilities and roles, the Indian Air Force said. According to a report by news agency PTI, Pande carried out a review of the security situation in eastern Ladakh on Saturday, two days after the Indian and Chinese troops began disengaging from Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area.

Taking to Twitter, the Army wrote, “General Manoj Pande #COAS visited [email protected] and reviewed the operational preparedness. #COAS also interacted with the officers and staff at @firefurycorps and complimented them for their professionalism and dedication to duty.”

It is to be noted that the Apache helicopter has been stationed in the Ladakh sector since the beginning of the military standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control and the visit of the Army Chief holds significance as the Indian and Chinese armies has begun to disengage from Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area of eastern Ladakh.  

As per reports, the Army on Saturday said Gen. Pande witnessed the Parvat Prahar exercise and also interacted with the officers and troops deployed in the region.

The exercise featured a display of operational capabilities by artillery guns and other weapon systems.

Taking to Twitter, the IAF wrote, “General Manoj Pande, #COAS flew in an #IAF Apache attack helicopter in the Ladakh sector, today. COAS was familiarised with the flying characteristics of the platform and briefed about its capabilities and roles. #Jointmanship #Integration #StrongerTogether.”