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11:03 AM, January 20, 2015
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Lt Gen Pranab Kumar Bharali has been appointed as the Director General of Army Aviation Corps at the Indian Army headquarters, New Delhi.

Bharali was commissioned as an officer in the Army in June 1977 and is the first Army officer from Assam to rise to the rank of Lt General.

He held the post of the General Staff Officer (Operations) of a Counter Insurgency Force Headquarter, Colonel Administration of a Division Headquarter and Brigadier Aviation in a command Headquarter in Jammu and Kashmir before assuming the post of Head of Army Aviation Corps in his capacity as the Additional Director General.

Army Aviation Corps operates the army's helicopter fleet which comprises more than 280 Cheetah, Chetak, Dhruv and Rudra helicopters.

The Indian Army has plans to equip this corps with attack helicopters, larger transport helicopters and replace the existing light helicopters which will give a boost to the military capability of the nation, according to Zee News.

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