The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has taken delivery of three Dhruv Mk III helicopters built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The new Dhruv Mk III helicopters will be part of different Coast Guard Aviation Squadrons and positioned by the ICG at Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi.
“The state of the art Helicopters with advanced sensors will enable ICG to take up challenging tasks. This is for the first time Performance Based Logistics is being introduced in Indian Aviation sector which is a modern management practice and will increase operational and maintenance efficiency. The sophisticated helicopters being handed over today will be a game changer for the operational capability of ICG in the times to come,” said Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar.
“HAL is embarking on a new journey of Performance Based Logistics (PBL). The PBL will assure desired levels of availability of ALH Mk III fleet of ICG for six and half years, a unique feature of this contract and a first of its kind in HAL,” said Chairman HAL, R Madhavan.
Director General, Indian Coast Guard, K Natarajan said. ‘Indian Coast Guard is also the first service to have Performance Based Logistics management system introduced in aviation to ensure Helicopter Availability at four bases, he added.
The Dhruv Mk III helicopters delivered to the ICG are equipped with a Surveillance Radar, Electro Optic Pod, Medical Intensive Care Unit, High Intensity Search Light, SAR Homer, Loud Hailer, Machine Gun and can perform other key roles.
HAL’s Helicopter MRO Division will be the nodal agency for execution of PBL contract along with Engine Division and other Sister Divisions of HAL.
The PBL will provide a One Stop Solution for maintenance of complete Helicopter, Engine and components which encompasses Helicopter/Engine Servicing Task, Rotable Repair Task (RRT), Repair & Maintenance Spares Order (RMSO) etc.
As part of PBL, Helicopter MRO Division of HAL will be extending the support from four bases viz. Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi.
All necessary infrastructure, repair facility etc has been set up by HAL at Bhubaneswar and Porbandar, dedicated LRU/ Rotable floats are stocked.
On-site support teams to ensure availability of Helicopters in Chennai & Kochi are in the final stages of being set up.
HAL’s Helicopter MRO Division has also developed HAL Aviation Maintenance Software (HAMS) for real time monitoring and operational visibility of fleet through a dedicated leased line network.
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