Pawan Hans May Start Fly­ing Dhruv

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New Delhi: State-owned Pawan Hans He­li­copters is likely to be­come the first com­pany to com­mer­cially op­er­ate the Dhruv he­li­copters. The armed forces are the only cus­tomers cur­rently for the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics (HAL)-man­u­fac­tured he­li­copter. Pawan Hans signed an in­tent of co­op­er­a­tion with state-run HAL in Bengaluru on Thurs­day to in­duct 10 ad­vance Dhruv MAK III He­li­copters in its fleet.

“These ten 14seater he­li­copters will be in­ducted into PHL’s fleet over a pe­riod of two years and will be used for ru­ral & re­gional air con­nec­tiv­ity,” said a Pawan Hans of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

Pawan Hans will nei­ther buy nor lease the util­ity he­li­copters. In­stead, it will op­er­at­ing these for HAL, may be on a rev­enue- or profit-share ba­sis.

“The deal needs to be worked out but one thing is sure that we will not be buy­ing these he­li­copters,” said the of­fi­cial.

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