India’s state-owned aircraft manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) handed over first three Dhruv ALH MK III Advanced Light Helicopters to the Indian Army.
The hand-over ceremony took place on Feb. 22 during the Aero India 2019 exhibition. The delivered helicopters are part of an Indian Army contract for 22 ALH MK III helicopters.
HAL had entered into a contract with the Indian Army for 40 ALH (22 ALH Mk III and 18 Mk IV Rudra) in August 2017. Of the 22 helicopters, 19 helicopters have already been produced and will be progressively delivered. The Mk IV Rudra is the armed version of HAL Dhruv ALH.
The documents were handed over to Lt Gen Kanwal Kumar, Director General Army Aviation by Mr GVS Bhaskar Chief Executive Officer, Helicopter Division in the presence of Mr. R Madhavan, CMD, HAL. Officials from the Army, HAL, DGAQA and RCMA were present on the occasion.
The Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) is a multi-role, new generation helicopter in the 5.5-ton weight class, indigenously designed and developed by HAL. Powered by two Shakti engines, it provides superlative performance throughout its flight envelope. It is suited for a high-speed cruise for rapid deployment and to maximize the area of operations. The basic helicopter is produced in skid version and wheeled version. In the wheeled version, options for fixed and retractable undercarriages are available.