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Dhruv Choppers, Squadron For Killer Apache: How Indian Army Is Strengthening Its Aviation Core

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Dhruv Choppers, Squadron For Killer Apache: How Indian Army Is Strengthening Its Aviation Core

New Delhi: In a major boost for the Indian Army’s Aviation core, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to acquire 25 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Dhruv Mk III. The Indian Army will also raise its first squadron of Apache Attack choppers in Jodhpur on Match 15, reported ANI.

“The ALH Dhruv Mk III UT (Utility), the Indian Army version, is designed for Search & Rescue, Troop Transportation, Internal Cargo, Recce/ Casualty Evacuation etc. It has proved its performance in high altitude regions like Siachen Glacier and Ladakh,” the ministry said in its press release.

Meanwhile, another contract was also signed for the procurement of nine of these choppers for the Indian Coast Guard. The combined value of the two contracts is Rs 8,073.17 crore.

As per the Defence Ministry, the two contracts were signed under the “Buy (Indian-IDDM – Indigenously Designed, Developed & Manufactured) category” marking a significant move towards indigenisation in defence manufacturing.

Meanwhile, the ALH Mk III MR (Maritime Role), the Indian Coast Guard Version, is designed for Maritime Surveillance and Interdiction, Search and Rescue and Rappelling Operations. These choppers can also be used for Cargo and Personnel Transportation, Pollution Response using external cargo-carrying capability.

“The project will generate employment of an estimated 190 Lakh Man-Hours during its duration. It will also entail the supply of equipment from more than 200 MSMEs and 70 local vendors will be involved in the indigenisation process which is likely to have a positive impact on employment generation in this sector, thus furthering the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” the ministry added.

Apache Squadron:

The Apache squadron is being raised with the aim of enhancing the Army’s combat capabilities in the Western desert sector. The first choppers of the unit are expected to arrive in May this year from the US, said the Indian Army Officials as reported by the news agency. The Indian Army has signed a contract to acquire six Apache helicopters from the US. Notably, The Indian Air Force has already acquired 22 of these American attack helicopters.

(With inputs from ANI)

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