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New Delhi, May 10: Following are details of the helicopters that chief ministers in Indian states normally use: Madhya Pradesh: A Bell-430 (double engine) purchased in 1998 and a Bell-407 (single engine) purchased in 2003.

PTI Updated on: May 10, 2012 9:50 IST
choppers that cms use
choppers that cms use

New Delhi, May 10: Following are details of the helicopters that chief ministers in Indian states normally use:




Madhya Pradesh: A Bell-430 (double engine) purchased in 1998 and a Bell-407 (single engine) purchased in 2003. New Eurocopter EC-55 purchased in 2011.

Bihar: The state government uses a Bell 412

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Chhattisgarh:
Augusta A-109 which is used mainly by the CM.

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Uttarakhand: One Eurocopter-made EC-135 twin-engine helicopter which is used mainly by the Governor and the CM.

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Himachal Pradesh: The state was using Mesco's 26-seater helicopter (MI-172) for VVIP flights for over a decade.

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Rajasthan: One Agusta A 109-E Power chopper, which has been in service since 2005.

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Punjab: The state government has leased a Dauphin helicopter from Pawan Hans since 1993. The old chopper was replaced with a new Dauphin N-3 from Pawan Hans in 2008.

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Haryana: A new Rs 33-crore EC-145 from Eurocopter in service since 2009.

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Uttar Pradesh: In 2010 Uttar Pradesh has bought yet another chopper Agusta Grand, made by British-Italian firm Agusta 109, was bought at Rs40 crore. UP Government already has three Bell choppers— a Bell 230, a Chetak and a brand new Bell 412.

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West Bengal: The state government uses a Pawan Hans — a seven-seater, twin-engine Dauphin.

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Maharastra: State govt buys 8-seater chopper worth R52 crore for its VVIPs on  December 07, 2011.

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Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was handed over the keys of the brand new US-made Sikorsky 76, an eight-seater helicopter and the state's latest buy. The state government purchased the helicopter for Rs52 crore last year and now has a fleet of four aircrafts, including a Cessna fixed-wing aircraft, Dauphin VT-MJ copter and a King Air 350 copter. The Cessna and the S-76 will be now used for VIP trips, while the remaining two choppers are grounded.

Jammu and Kashmir : The state government has one King Air-350 aircraft and two helicopters Bell-407 and Augusta-109E, he said, adding that these aircraft and choppers are meant to facilitate the movement of dignitaries.

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Gujarat government's aviation department, one which should alert VVIPs who fly the Eurocopter Dauphin-N3 chopper purchased by the Gujarat government in 2007

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Northeast: While none of the governments of the northeastern states own choppers, defence or Pawan Hans helicopters are frequently used by VIPs.
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