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HAL defaults on Dhruv spares

15th January 2018 - 08:28 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


The Indian Army is facing a peculiar dilemma. While Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is supplying multirole Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) at the speed of summer lightning, the army has stalled deliveries of the type due to the unavailability of spares for the fleet already in service.

The Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, told Shephard, ‘In fact, there are more in the production line they want us to take…We are going slow because rather than [accumulate] numbers, whatever existing fleet we have should have 70-80% serviceability.’

Indeed, he expressed dissatisfaction with the availability of spares for the twin-engine ALH, also

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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