Dhruv shines in the largest hu­man­i­tar­ian res­cue

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Prov­ing its met­tle as a supremely flex­i­ble and ag­ile plat­form for hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tions, the in­dige­nous Dhruv he­li­copter was de­ployed with a re­mark­able de­gree of con­fi­dence by the Army Avi­a­tion Corps and the In­dian Air Force in Ut­tarak­hand. The helicopters, which first saw them­selves de­ployed for evac­u­a­tion op­er­a­tions in Haryana fol­low­ing the ris­ing level of the Ya­muna, have ac­quit­ted them­selves ex­tremely well in the re­motest parts of Ut­tarak­hand. Apart from Dhruv copters al­ready de­ployed with units, the IAF pitched in with plat­forms from the Sarang dis­play team too, adding an­other di­men­sion to the re­quire­ment. Highly ag­ile and al­ready proven in high­alti­tude op­er­a­tions—mak­ing it one of the most ver­sa­tile copters in its class in the world—the Dhruv played a ma­jor role in rapid evac­u­a­tions from Har­sil, Ut­tarkashi, Gau­rikund and other zones. The Dhruvs were also used to in­sert spe­cialised moun­tain res­cue teams and com­man­dos into ar­eas, es­pe­cially the for­bid­ding Jun­glechatti zone and the Hemkund axis, where land­ing was im­pos­si­ble. An Army Dhruv pilot said, “There was no doubt about the Dhruv’s fly­ing at­tributes, but it has proven it­self once again as a very able plat­form for hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief and res­cue op­er­a­tions. We will need them in greater num­bers in the years to come. It is un­doubt­edly one of the finest helicopters in the world to­day, and we are very proud it is in­dige­nous.”

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