Indian Air Force is not in a position to spare more helicopters for use in the Maoist-hit areas,Air Chief Marshal P V Naik said .
IAF had made available some choppers to the Union Home Ministry to help it in the transportation of security forces in Maoist-hit areas,but was not in a position to divert more from its routine requirement.
“Our choppers are mostly engaged in supplying provisions to jawans deployed in forward areas on daily basis,” he said on the sidelines of a function at the Sainik School here.
Naik’s statement assumes significance with the Centre contemplating hiring of 13 twin-engine armour-plated turbine helicopters from private operators on wet lease for movement of troops in Maoist-hit areas and surveillance.
Around 20 IAF and BSF choppers have already been deployed in Maoist-hit areas in the country,defence sources said.
Naik during his visit to the state visited the air-base at Charbatia.