by Staff Writers
New Delhi (AFP) July 4, 2017
An Indian helicopter with three people on board has gone missing near the country's border with China after taking off on a flood rescue mission, an official said Tuesday.
The aircraft lost contact in Arunachal Pradesh state in India's remote northeast amid turbulent weather, the defence official told AFP.
"The ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) had taken off from Tezpur airbase in Assam state around 4 pm (10:30 GMT)," he said, declining to be named.
India's junior home minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted that efforts were on to locate the Indian Air Force helicopter, which was carrying relief material for flood-affected residents in the northeast of the country.
Arunachal Pradesh as well as some other neighbouring states have been reeling under heavy monsoon rains that have triggered landslides and floods.
China and India have a border dispute in the mountainous northeast and regularly accuse each other of making illegal troop encroachments.
Their mistrust stems from a brief war in 1962 over Arunachal Pradesh which has a large ethnic Tibetan population.
The standoff has intensified in recent days with the two sides trading stern diplomatic warnings over a remote scrap of territory where the frontiers of China, India and Bhutan meet.
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
Lockheed Martin is receiving a $22.8 million contract for maintenance and administrative services in support of the Autonomic Logistics Information System for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Included in the contract is ALIS maintenance and software service for administration and operations, the Department of Defense announced Thursday. The program will apply to F-35 II syste ... read more
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