Aero India 2021: Indian Navy receives Advanced Light Helicopter from HAL

According to recent reports, the Indian Navy has recently received its first 3 ALH helicopters out of total order of 16. HAL has delivered these helicopters on the last day of Aero India 2021.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 05, 2021 17:24 IST
Aero India 2021: Indian Navy receives Advanced Light Helicopter from HAL
HAL ALH Helicopter

As per recent reports from Bengaluru, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh has formally accepted the first three 16 ALH Mk-III Helicopters for Coastal security duties from HAL at Aero India on Feb 5th 2021. Indian Navy has placed orders for 16 such choppers.

The ALH is to be built for the Indian Navy to replace the aging fleet of Chetak helicopters. Apart from ALH, the Indian Navy also operates SH-60,  Westland Sea king, Kamov Ka-27, and  HAL Chetak helicopters.

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The ALH Mk-III has new Shakti-1H engines that provide very good high altitude performance operating at altitudes over 6 km. It comes with seating for 14 fully equipped troops. DGCA has praised its crashworthy design as a few accidents have not caused any fatalities. Induction of ALH indicates the Indian Navy's growing confidence in Indigenous equipment. 

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