Tribune Information Service
Chandigarh, September 29
In a significant landmark in indigenous weapon manufacturing programme, the 300th Superior Gentle Helicopterb (AHL), christened Dhruv, rolled out from Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL) hangar in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
At current, the three companies function 226 Shrubs if totally different variants. These embrace 162 by the Military, 56 by the Air Power and eight by the Navy in line with info positioned in Parliament by the defence ministry this month. Along with different authorities businesses, together with the Coast Guard, another international locations have additionally inducted this helicopter.
Whereas the Dhruv is a transport helicopter able to ferrrying as much as 14 passengers, it additionally has an armed variant referred to as the Rudra.
Talking on the event, R Madhavan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, HAL, mentioned that the ALH by no means regarded again from the day when the prototype took its maiden flight on August 30, 1992, and has since developed right into a world class helicopter with its unparalleled efficiency.
“The evolution from ALH Mark-I to Mark-IV has been phenomenal and is a lift to the indigenous design and growth of helicopters”, he acknowledged.
The roll-out certificates of the 300th helicopter was handed over to GVS Bhaskar, Chief Government Officer, Helicopter Advanced by YK Sharma, Extra Director Normal (South Zone), Directorate Normal of Aeronautical High quality Assurance (DGAQA).
“Rolling out of the 300th ALH is an affidavit to the capabilities HAL has constructed over time with concerted efforts of staff and buyer assist,” Bhaskar mentioned “With extra ALH getting inducted into the companies our deal with buyer assist is ever rising. With over 2,80,000 flying hours ALH has confirmed to be a multirole helicopter for Any Mission, Any Place, Any Time”, he added.
At the moment, HAL is producing 73 ALHs contracted by the companies. This contains 41 for the Military, 16 for the Indian Navy and 16 for the Indian Coast Guard. Out of this, 38 ALHs have already been produced and the remaining might be rolled out by 2022.
On this event, the ‘Floor Run’ of the primary Restricted Sequence Manufacturing (LSP) of Gentle Fight Helicopter, was additionally carried out. This venture has been taken up by HAL proactively whereas the order from the Companies on HAL is in course of. The LCH was piloted by Gp Capt Hari Krishnan Nair S (Retd), Chief Take a look at Pilot and Gp Capt CG Narasimha Prasad (Retd), Senior Flight Take a look at Engineer of Flight Operations within the Rotary Wing