What is so special about Indian navy new Dhruv MK3 helicopter?

By Defence View

Recently reports emerged that a customized variant of Dhruv Mark-III for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Indian Navy (IN) completed its special package integration. In 19 April this month Indian navy officially induct HAL Dhruv MK3 variant into Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 323.

The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard have been using the older Dhruv MK-I variants. On the other hand, the Indian Army and the Indian Air force have been using the more advanced Dhruv MK-III and Rudra; which is the armed variant of Dhruv.

These reports also state that HAL consulted ICG on all the modifications on this aircraft. It is also reported that the current identification of the helicopter will be Maritime Reconnaissance and Coastal Security ALH (MRCS).

The whole thing started in March 2017 when HAL signed a deal worth of 5126 crores for supplying 32 ALH (fixed wheel version) to ICG in a time span of five years. This was as a part of boosting the low-intensity maritime operations and coast security capabilities.

The basic helicopters were then transferred to Rotary wing R&D center, HAL for the integration of proposed 19 systems. After the initial order of 32 by ICG, Indian navy gave a follow-on order of 16 to support its ageing Chetaks.

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