Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Tuesday mentioned that in one other main fillip to indigenous programme, the 300th Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) rolled out from its hangar. R Madhavan, CMD, HAL mentioned: “The ALH never looked back from the day when the prototype took its maiden flight on August 30, 1992 and has evolved into a world class helicopter with its unparalleled performance.
The evolution from ALH Mark-I to Mark-IV has been phenomenal and is a boost to the indigenous design and development of helicopters.” GVS Bhaskar, CEO, HAL Helicopter Complex mentioned that the roll out was an affidavit to the capabilities HAL has constructed over time with concerted efforts of staff and buyer assist.
“With more ALH getting inducted into the services our focus on customer support is ever increasing. With over 2.8 lakh flying hours ALH has proven to be a multirole helicopter for any mission, any place, any time”, he mentioned.
At current, HAL is producing 73 ALHs contracted for Army (41), Indian Navy (16) and Indian Coast Guard (16). Out of this, 38 ALHs have already been produced and the remaining can be accomplished by 2022. LCH Ground run Further, the PSU mentioned that it additionally performed the ‘ground run’ of the primary Limited Series Production (LSP) of Light Combat Helicopter-Limited Series Production (LCH-LSP).
This challenge has been taken up by the corporate proactively whereas the order from providers on HAL is in course of. The LCH was piloted by Gp Capt (retd) Hari Krishnan Nair S, chief check pilot and Gp Capt (Retd) CG Narasimha Prasad, senior flight check engineer of flight operations, HAL Rotary Wing.