Prime Min­is­ter hands over HAL Dhruv to Nepal


The Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi, has handed over an in­dige­nous ad­vanced light he­li­copter (ALH) – Dhruv – built by the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Limited (HAL) to the Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal Sushil Koirala at Kathmandu. The copter will be used by the Nepalese Army. HAL team lead by T. Su­varna Raju, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, HAL (He­li­copter Com­plex), was present on the oc­ca­sion.

“This is in line with PM’s thrust on ‘Make in In­dia’ and the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy of neigh­bour­hood”, said Dr R.K. Tyagi, Chair­man, HAL. The company’s tech­ni­cal support team is po­si­tioned at Kathmandu to pro­vide main­te­nance and lo­gis­tics support. Ear­lier, In­dia had pro­vided two Dhruv he­li­copters to the Nepalese Army in Novem­ber last year, adds Dr Tyagi.

Dhruv he­li­copter in Mark-III ver­sion with Shakti en­gines and ad­vanced glass cock­pit and avion­ics would im­mensely ben­e­fit Nepal, known for its moun­tain­ous ter­rain and ad­verse en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions.

The he­li­copter has a proven track record in both mil­i­tary and civil op­er­a­tions. It is de­signed to meet the re­quire­ment of both mil­i­tary and civil op­er­a­tors. Dhruv has also been ex­ported to Ecuador, Mau­ri­tius and Mal­dives. The Ecuador Air Force op­er­ates five Dhruv he­li­copters with their Pres­i­dent choos­ing to fly in one of them. Dhruv is par­tic­u­larly use­ful in meet­ing the ar­du­ous tasks in dif­fi­cult ter­rains.

Dhruv is a multi-role, multi-mis­sion new-gen­er­a­tion he­li­copter in 5.5-tonne weight class and meets Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Reg­u­la­tions spec­i­fi­ca­tions. It has demon­strated its ca­pa­bil­ity in long-dis­tance flights, ver­ti­cal climb and ma­noeu­vring. Dhruv is an all­weather he­li­copter which can carry 10-16 peo­ple at heights of 10,000 feet.

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