The 300th advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) rolled out from HAL hangar in Bengaluru on Sept. 29, 2020.
Speaking on the occasion, R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL said ALH never looked back from the day when the prototype took its maiden flight on Aug. 30, 1992 and has evolved into a world class helicopter with its unparalleled performance.
“The evolution from ALH Mark-I to Mark-IV has been phenomenal and is a boost to the indigenous design and development of helicopters,” he added.
The roll-out certificate of the 300th helicopter was handed over to G. V. S. Bhaskar, chief executive officer, Helicopter Complex, by Y. K, Sharma, additional director general (South Zone), Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), at a programme held at HAL’s Helicopter Division.
“Rolling-out of 300th ALH is a testimony to the capabilities HAL has built over the years with concerted efforts of employees and customer support,” said Bhaskar.
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“With more ALH getting inducted into the services, our focus on customer support is ever increasing. With over 280,000 flying hours ALH has proven to be a multirole helicopter for any mission, any place, any time,” he said.
Currently, HAL is producing 73 ALHs contracted for Army (41), the Indian Navy (16) and Indian Coast Guard (16). Out of this, 38 ALHs have already been produced and the remaining will be completed by 2022.
LCH Ground Run
On this occasion the “Ground Run” of the first Limited Series Production (LSP) of Light Combat Helicopter-Limited Series Production (LCH-LSP) was carried out.
This project has been taken up by the company proactively while the order from Services on HAL is in process. The LCH was piloted by retired Gp Capt Hari Krishnan Nair S, chief test pilot; and retired Gp Capt C. G. Narasimha Prasad, senior flight test engineer of flight operations, Rotary Wing.
S. Anbuvelan, executive director, Helicopter Division; retired Wg Cdr Unni Pillai, executive director (Flight Operations-Rotary Wing); V. Sivasubramanian, general manager, Helicopter Division; and others were present on the occasion.