Indian Coast Guard Commissions Latest Advanced Light Helicopter MK-III Squadron In Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Sunday commissioned the latest Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) MK-III squadron in Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Manufactured by state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the helicopter was commissioned in the presence of by Indian Coast Guard chief VS Pathania.

The major variants of Dhruv are classified as Dhruv Mk-I, Mk-II, Mk-III & Mk-IV. These helicopters are equipped with state-of-the art equipment like 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, according to HAL.

Last year in June, three ALH Mk-III were inducted into the stables of the Indian Coast Guard.

ALH-Dhruv is a twin engine, multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in the 5.5 ton weight class. The basic helicopter is produced in skid version and wheeled version. Dhruv is “type –certified” for Military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC) and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The ICG has a total of 68 aircraft such as Dornier and ALH in its fleet currently.It also has a total of 158 ships including OPVs, FPVs, ACVs and PCVs in its fleet right now.

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