India will guard its shores with locally produced helicopter

NEW DELHI, (BM) – The Indian program “Made in India,” launched by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is beginning to give results. On April 19, at an official ceremony, the Indian Navy took into service the first three Dhruv Mk III (ALH) helicopters produced in the country.

Dhruv Mk III (ALH) is an advanced light helicopter completely redesigned in India. India bought the first helicopters of this type earlier this year – on February 5 during the international military exhibition Aero India 2021. The manufacturer of the helicopters is Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Mastered the main combat missions for which it intends, Dhruv Mk III (ALH) will perform other tasks such as surveillance and protection of the coasts of India, intelligence, armed patrol, and various search and rescue operations.

India has ordered about 32 helicopters of this type. They have two engines and weigh approximately 5.5 tons. The primary purpose of Dhruv Mk III (ALH) is to replace the existing light helicopters Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III) of the Indian Navy, which was produced in the distant 1969.

According to the manufacturer, the other helicopters that need to be put into operation are in production or flight tests. There is no change in the delivery schedule, and India expects to receive them by the end of this year.

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