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No. 128 Helicopter Unit, IAF
Country India Republic of India
Branch Air Force Ensign of India.svg Indian Air Force
Service history
Active 30 December 1985 - Present
Nickname "Siachen Tigers"
Motto Apatsu Mitram
A friend in time of need

No. 128 Helicopter Unit (Siachen Tigers) is a Helicopter Unit and is equipped with Mil Mi-17 and based at Mohanbari Air Force Station.[1]


This HU was formed on 30 December 1985 at Hindon Air Force Station became the second unit to operate the Mi-17. From Hindon they moved to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, where they one the 'Best Helicopter Unit Trophy' in 1986. In March 1988 they moved to Chabua and from there onto their present location in May 1992.


On occasions they have also been called upon to perform VIP duties for Eastern Air Command and have also been required to provide search and rescue coverage for fighters operating in the area. This unit has a dedicated wartime role as well, which involves the induction of troops behind enemy lines.[2]

The unit has actively participated in the following:



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