HAL handed over first three ALHs as part of the 22 ALH MK III contract to the Indian Army during the on-going Aero India 2019 today.
HAL had entered into a contract with the Indian Army for 40 ALH (22 ALH Mk III and 18 Mk IV Rudra) in August 2017. Of the 22 helicopters, 19 helicopters have already been produced and will be progressively delivered.
The documents were handed over to Lt Gen Kanwal Kumar, Director General Army Aviation by Mr GVS Bhaskar Chief Executive Officer, Helicopter Division in the presence of Mr. R Madhavan, CMD, HAL. Officials from the Army, HAL, DGAQA and RCMA were present on the occasion.
About ALH Dhruv: The Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) is a multi-role, new generation helicopter in the 5.5-ton weight class, indigenously designed and developed by HAL. Powered by two Shakti engines, it provides superlative performance throughout its flight envelope. It is suited for a high-speed cruise for rapid deployment and to maximize the area of operations. The basic helicopter is produced in skid version and wheeled version. In the wheeled version, options for fixed and retractable undercarriages are available.
MoU with CPWD for Stage-2 Works of New Helicopter Factory
HAL signed an MoU with CPWD for the execution of the stage 2 works of Infrastructure development works at its Green Field Helicopter factory in Tumakuru at the on-going Aero India here today.
The MoU was signed by Mr GVS Bhaskar, Chief Executive Officer, Helicopter Complex and Mr Rajesh Jain, Chief Project Manager (CPM), HAL project zone, CPWD in the presence of Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL.
The stage 2 works include development of infrastructure for structural assembly and equipping of helicopters at Tumakuru. The project will be executed in a phased manner.
Mr V Natarajan, ED Helicopter Division, Mr Ambuvelan, GM, Helicopter Division, Mr RK Soni, ADG, CPWD, Mr SN Rai, CE, CPWD were present on the occasion.
About Tumakuru Plant: The new Helicopter factory coming up in a 615 acres green field campus that would be fully self-sufficient for manufacturing full range of helicopters from 3 ton to 12 tons category and shall comprise of state of the art manufacturing, structural assembly, final assembly-line facilities, heli-runway, aerodrome, residential township for the staff, recreational facilities, a well-equipped training and development centre, etc.