The Lancer takes off, with the Dhruv in background.
The Crocodiles of No.125 Squadron
When India decided to go in for its first Helicopter Gunship, it was decided to go in for the Mil Mi-25, which was an export version of the famous Mi-24 Hind that saw much combat and action in Afghanistan, flying for the Russian forces. No.125 Helicopter Squadron was formed on 01 Nov 83 as the designated squadron for the Attack Helicopters. Initial training was done on other types and the first attack helicopters only came on 5th May 1984. The Task of the Squadron at the time of its inception was to evaluate the Aircraft for the various offensive roles. After comprehensive trails the Squadron was allotted the Anti Tank and SHBO Escort as its primary roles. In addition, it was to be employed in COIN ops, SAR as and when required. While the IAF operated the Squadron in the initial years, command and control of the unit was handed over to the Army in November 86. All Photos Copyright of No.125 Squadron, Indian Air Force
Fusing a bomb on a bomb loader before a mission - Note the flare dispensers on the rear of the fuselage. Also note the Northern Command patch worn by the driver - the Squadron is under the operational control of the Army.
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