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Indian MoD places $951 mn order for 41 additional Dhruv ALH helicopters

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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - HAL
 
 
Indian MoD places $951 mn order for 41 additional Dhruv ALH helicopters
 
The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited signed one more contract for supply of Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH). The contract is for 40 ALH to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy, the HAL press office announced in early September.
     
Indian MoD places 951 mn order or 41 additional Dhruv ALH helicopters 640 001An Indian Army Dhruv ALH light utility helicopter
(Credit: HAL)
     
The latest order reflects the trust on HAL’s capabilities and gives an impetus to make-in-India campaign. It reposes faith of Indian Defence forces in indigenous ALH which has been serving them with distinction for a long time”, says Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD-HAL.

The contracts for supply of 41 ALHs amounting around Rs 6100 crores (US$ 951 mn) will be executed in a period of 60 months. The contract was signed between MoD and HAL in New Delhi recently. Officials from MoD, Indian Army, Indian Navy and HAL were present during the event.

In March this year HAL had signed a contract for supply of 32 ALH to boost the maritime security capabilities of the Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

The Dhruv ALH entered service in 2002. The latest improved Mk.3 variant is equipped with Shakti engines, new electronic warfare (EW) suite and warning systems, automatic chaff and flare dispensers, and improved vibration control system.