Indian Coast Guard gets new chopper
Science & Technology
18th Apr, 2022
Two Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Mark-III made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) were inducted into the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) or ALH-DHRUV:
- Advanced Light Helicopter or ALH-DHRUV is an indigenously developed utility aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with a twin-engine.
- It has a multi-role, multi-mission dimension to it.
- Even though its development was started in 1984, and was initially designed with Germany's assistance Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB), the helicopter was first flown in 1992 but entered service after certification in 2002.
- According to HAL, the aircraft is “type –Certified” for military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
- The major variants of Dhruv are classified as Dhruv Mk-I, Mk-II, Mk-III & Mk-IV.
- The Mk 3 variant of the chopper is a maritime version that can be used for reconnaissance, long-range search and rescue, during both day and night.
- The two choppers, based at Kochi, are aimed at boosting coastal security along the coast of Kerala, Karnataka and around Lakshadweep, on India's West Coast.
Role of ALH-DHRUV:
- Commuter role
- VIP travel
- Causality evacuation
- Underslung load
- Rapid deployment of forces
- Logistic support
- Search and rescue
- Training purpose
- The ALH Mk 3 features an array of systems that were previously seen on heavier, multi-role helicopters. This variant is fitted with modern surveillance radar and electro-optical equipment.
- It is also fitted with a heavy machine gun and a removable intensive care unit, which would be useful in airlifting and providing relief to critically ill patients.
- With a host of advanced avionics, this chopper is an all-weather aircraft.