In­dia Eyes Dhruv’s For­eign Mar­ket

India Strategic - - INDUSTRY -

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.

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