India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi handing over the HAL-produced Dhruv to his Nepal counterpart Sushil Koirala.


Modi Hands Over India-Made Dhruv Chopper To Nepal For Army Use

By Arming India Correspondent

NEW DELHI: India handed over a 'Dhruv' Advanced Light Helicopter, made in India by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), to Nepal for the use of its Army on Nov 25, 2014. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the Dhruv's model, as a symbolic transfer, to Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at Kathmandu. 

"This (Dhruv transfer) is in line with PM Modi's thrust on 'Make in India' and the Indian government's policy of neighborhood," said HAL Chairman Dr. R.K. Tyagi said on the occasion.

India has previously provided two Dhruv choppers to Nepal Army in November 2013.  The company's technical support team is positioned at Kathmandu to provide maintenance and logistics support.

An all-weather helicopter, Dhruv can carry 10-16 people at heights of 10,000 feet. Dhruv helicopter in Mark-III version with Shakti engines and advanced glass cockpit and avionics is best suited for operations in mountainous terrain and in adverse environmental conditions.

The helicopter has been used in both military and civil operations, has also been exported to Ecuador, Mauritius and Maldives. Ecuador Air Force operates five Dhruv helicopters with the Ecuadorian President choosing to fly in one of them.

The choppers were used extensively in search and rescue operations during the 2004 tsunami, the 2010 flash floods at Leh, the 2011 earthquake in Sikkim, the biggest ever rescue operation by helicopters undertaken by IAF in flood and rain-hit areas of Uttarakhand in June-2013 and Jammu and Kashmir flood relief operation in September 2014.

Dhruv is being operated by Indian Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Border Security Force and several provincial governments in India since 2002. Over 140 Dhruv helicopters are in operation, logging more than 1, 20,900 flight hours.

A multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in 5.5 tonne weight class, it meets Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) specifications and has demonstrated capability in long distance flights, vertical climb and maneuvering.



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