Three Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH Mk III) and two ALHs were delivered to the navy and coast guard respectively by HAL on the final day of the airshow.
The navy and coast guard have on order 16 helicopters each from HAL.
The helicopters were handed over by R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL to Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff and K. Natarajan, DG, Coast Guard in the presence of Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh.
“The remaining helicopters from the contract are under various stages of production, flight tests and we plan to deliver all the helicopters within the contract delivery schedules despite production slowdown due to COVID restrictions,” Madhavan said.
The ALH Mk III is fitted with state-of-the-art Glass cockpit and powerful Shakti engine. The contract involves integration of 19 major systems with the existing ALH MK III that include IFF MKXII & ATC Xpdr with ADS-B Out, V/UHF Communication System, Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS-I), SAR Homer system, Automatic Deployable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ADELT), Loud Hailer, Radio altimeter, Rescue Basket, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), IADS System, AFCS, Digital Video Recording System (SSDVR), Automatic Identification System (AIS), High Intensity Search Light (HISL), Pressure Refuelling System, Control grips, EO POD Rev III, Surveillance Radar System and 12.7 mm Gun system.
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