India Eyes Dhruv’s Foreign Market
NEW DELHI. As part of efforts to enhance defence cooperation and boost exports with friendly countries, India is in discussions with Sri Lanka and several Southeast Asian nations for the supply of Dhruv, the indigenously developed advanced light helicopter (ALH).
Supplying defence equipment and providing assistance in setting up domestic manufacturing capability have become the new norm in India’s defence cooperation with regional countries. “There are queries from Vietnam, Myanmar and Sri Lanka for ALH”, said Dr T. Suvarna Raju, Chief Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. ( HAL). Another official said discussions with Indonesia were progressing well with Officials from India expected to visit Jakarta in April.
This time however, India is putting specific emphasis on maintenance and training in view of its experience of Dhruv sales to Ecuador, which got embroiled in legal issues. To keep up with the existing orders and to increase the delivery rate, HAL recently set up a second assembly line in Kanpur, which is expected to produce another 12 Dhruv helicopters a year.