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.
Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh today accepted the first three of 16 ALH Mk-III for Coastal security duties from HAL at the Aero India. Indian Navy has placed orders for 16 such choppers. pic.twitter.com/QKJca8cbsL— ANI (@ANI) February 5, 2021
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.