The native air-borne locust management system on MI-17 chopper.
JAISALMER: The Indian Air Force has grown native air-borne locust management system and helicopter MI-17 will play an significant part within it. It will function in locust-affected districts in Rajasthan along with different areas of the country in forthcoming days.
The ministry of agriculture signed a contract with M/s Micron, UK to change two MI-17 helicopters for spraying atomized pesticide to detain locust breeding in May this year but because of Covid-19 pandemic, the company would have the ability to fabricate and supply the alteration kit to IAF just from September 2020 onwards, for system testing and integration.
IAF spokesperson stated,”In light of the envisaged delay in provisioning of modification kits by M/s Micron, the Indian Air Force tasked No 3 Base Repair Depot found at Chandigarh to tackle the difficult job of indigenously designing and creating an Airborne Locust Control System (ALCS) for MI-17 helicopters. Employing all native elements, the atomized airborne spraying of pesticide was successfully achieved in atmosphere by means of a configuration of nozzles mounted either side on outside trusses of a MI-17 helicopter”
The nozzles used for its purpose are a mixture of commercially available nozzles in addition to the nozzles created by CSIO, Chandigarh. The pesticide Malathion, in proper immersion, could be stuffed from the inner auxiliary tank of 800-litre capacity fitted within the aircraft and also pumped in the nozzles by having an electric pump in addition to compressed air, attaining virtually 40 minutes of spaying length from the contaminated zone, covering a place of roughly 750 hectare in every assignment.