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Maiden ground run for coast guard Dhruv

4th July 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has conducted the maiden ground run of the first Dhruv Mk III Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) for the Indian Coast Guard, the company announced on 29 June.

HAL is under contract to supply 16 ALHs (fixed wheel) to boost the coast guard's low-intensity maritime operations and coastal security capabilities. 

HAL’s Dhruv helicopters have already been deployed by the coast guard for various missions such as SAR, casualty evacuation, armed patrol, coastal surveillance and VIP movement.

Helicopter deliveries are scheduled to commence from 2020 onward. HAL will also provide performance-based logistics support for the fleet for a five year period.

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