However, Eurocopter recently announced that it was now flying a remotely controlled EC145 helicopter, even demonstrating the machine's ability to carry and deliver an underslung load
at the French Air Force base of Istres.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch report said the cause was an "underslung load
" striking the helicopter's tail rotor.
Ultra light howitzers can easily be carried in helicopters as underslung load
and transported to high altitude areas along the India- China border where the Army is raising a new strike corps.
This could provide SOF (Special Operations Forces) units with an extended operating range in comparison to rotary-wing insertions which are limited in the amount of payloads that helicopters can carry, be they underslung loads
He added it was standard practice for a crewman to be on the ground to guide the pilot during operations with underslung loads
A board spokesman said it was standard practice for the crewman to be on the ground to act as a guide for the pilot during operations involving underslung loads