The Indian Army is retiring their ageing fleet after recent accidents. They will be retiring their Chetak and Cheetah platforms and replacing them with 40 Dhruv LUHs and 200 Kamov Ka-226T “Hoodlum” helicopters. They also plan for 140 units to be built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited who will be partnering with Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport,… Read more »
HAL Dhruv is currently looking into getting a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification after selling the three remaining helicopters that are left after their fleet was grounded in 2015. The grounding was due to four crashes between 2009 and 2014. The Dhruv helicopters now feature anti-resonance vibration isolation systems, a hinge-less main rotor, full… Read more »
The Ecuador Government has announced that it has terminated links with Hindustan Aeronautics, from whom they bought seven Dhruv helicopters. Between October 2009 and January 2015, four of these seven were written off in accidents, one fatal accounting for three lives. See full story See HeliHub.com accident records for Dhruv helicopters in Ecuador
As part of a process to acquire certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Advance Light Helicopter-Dhruv, HAL carried out noise measurement flight trials at Mysuru airport recently in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The EASA representatives witnessed the entire flight test and preliminary analysis of the recorded noise data,… Read more »
The Border Security Force (BSF) has inducted two Russian-built Mi-17 V5 medium lift choppers to carry out air support missions along the border and for anti-Naxalite operations in the hinterland. See Full Story
Defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) has received follow-on orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. The orders have a total value of approximately USD78 million (SEK740 million). Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids… Read more »
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will soon have Dhruv maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hubs all across the operational bases, including in forward areas. There are a total of 193 Dhruvs being operational today. See Full Story
Spectacular, colourful and vibrantly agile, the Sarang helicopter display team of the Indian Air Force will be back with a bang at Aero-India 2015. Await the copters enthrall the crowd with their “Inverted wine glass” formation, the diamond formation, their signature “Sarang split” manoeuvre and much more. See Full Story
Crashed shortly after take off from Army operations centre at Tena. All four survived despite helicopter ending upside down and on fire – named as captains Soberon Hernán Alberto Davalos Villacrés and Andrew Ismael Carrillo, Second Sergeant Henry Toapanta Ona and Sergeant Humberto Moreno. A later press report blamed this accident on a fault with… Read more »
Ditched for unknown reason in the Chongón dam reservoir, all POB in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Video of the last stages of the recovery effort can be seen here A later press report blamed a tail rotor drive shaft problem
Mr. Dinsha Patel, the Minister of Mines dedicated custom-made ALH-Dhruv, Garuda Vasudha to the nation by unveiling a plaque during a video conference from New Delhi at a function here today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Patel hailed efforts of HAL in making this possible and said the copter should be used to get maximum… Read more »
During the ongoing official visit to India by the Maldives’ Minister of Defence and National Security Colonel (Ret.) Mohamed Nazim, the Government of India has gifted a helicopter to the MNDF. During the ceremony held at India’s Southern Naval Command in Kochin, the helicopter was ceremonially handed over by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, the Flag… Read more »
The first ALH (Dhruv) Squadron was commissioned at Kochi on 12 Nov 13 by Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command. Dhruv is the first indigenously designed and manufactured helicopter at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and with its multi role capabilities has proven her mettle in all the three services of… Read more »
The first indigenous chopper of India, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH –Dhruv) designed, developed, produced and maintained by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) to meet the requirement of military and civil operators, achieved a new milestone of flying one lakh hours today. The land mark has been achieved in the early hours today with the flying of… Read more »
Jodhpur Air Force station, a front-line air base, is all set to receive a batch of five Dhruv advanced light helicopters, which will eventually replace the ageing Chetaks, a defence spokesperson said See full story
Defence and security company Saab (sto:SAABB) has received two orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air force’s Advanced Light Helicopter. The orders have a total value of approximately SEK 216 million (USD 33 million). Saab’s Integrated Defensive… Read more »
Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Tuesday that India will make efforts to get Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) US, in the near future (see full story).
A battle-ready BSF ‘Dhruv’ helicopter, deployed for undertaking sorties to aid anti-Naxal operations, is lying idle for close to six months in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur as authorities are not able to find a pilot to fly the machine (see full story). File photo
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) had achieved the initial operational clearance (IOC) for Advanced Light Helicopter –Mk-IV Army Version of “Rudra”. Dr. K. Tamilmani, CEO, Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) presented the certificate to HAL at a function here today. “The occasion gives us the confidence and it is a proud moment for the… Read more »
HAL’s strength in design, development and production will be showcased through its products during the up-coming Aero-India 2013. The major attractions of the HAL’s pavilion include in-house designs such as Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), “Rudra” the weaponised Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) and Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT). “For the first time, we will present to the… Read more »
The Times of India is reporting that the tender for 16 helicopters for the Indian Coast Guard has been stopped. With just two manufacturers bidding – local HAL with the Dhruv and Eurocopter with the AS565MB Panther – the defence ministry has reportedly found the Panther to be non-compliant in some aspects of the tender… Read more »
The Dhruv crash near Ranchi that killed three crew members has prompted the BSF to revisit an old question: Is Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd capable of flying and maintaining choppers that are being used for anti-Maoist operations in Jharkhand?Â (see full story)
Dhruv helicopters, used by paramilitary forces, have been grounded after a Border Security Force (BSF) chopper crashed on the outskirts of Ranchi Wednesday, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Inspector General of Police DK Pandey said on Thursday.Â (Full story) HeliHub.com page for this accident – 19-Oct-11 VT-BSH HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India (3F)
A BSF (Border Security Force) helicopter on anti-Naxal duty crashed on the outskirts of Ranchi today, killing two pilots and a technician on board. The Dhruv was going to Chaibasa from Ranchi when its engine caught fire and it crashed in Khunti jungle, a senior BSF official said.Â Aircraft completely burnt out.Â Pilot named as… Read more »
The Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF), the joint venture owned equally by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE, today announced that its simulator cockpit for the civil/conventional variant of the Dhruv has been certified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, by India’s Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA). The… Read more »
The policeâ€™s only helicopter grounded since January and now awaiting repairs at a Bangalore hanger has finally received the attention of the Jharkhand government, which is setting up its own team of maintenance engineers since manufacturer HAL has refused help.
â€œThough it seems that the helicopter had crashed owing to the inclement weather, a court of inquiry has been ordered,â€ quoting the Indian Army.Â Deceased quoted at pilots â€“ Lt. Jepa and Lt. Col Bhatia of the Indian Air Force and soldiers Naib Subedar Rana and Naik Panth of 8 Gorkha Rifles
Magellan Aerospace announced today an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) inÂ Bangalore, IndiaÂ for a new Wire Strike Protection System (WSPSÂ®). The agreement includes the design and development of a WSPS for the HAL Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), which will be carried out at Magellan’s Bristol Aerospace division inÂ WinnipegÂ in 2011.Â Bristol is the global expert for this… Read more »
During Aero India in Bangalore this week, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will hold handover ceremonies for a total of six helicopters.Â One Chetak helicopter will be going to the Namibian Air Force.Â On Wednesday 9th February, five Dhruv helicopters will be handed over to the Indian Army as the first batch of their recent order…. Read more »
A new report by India’s national audit watchdog has thrown fresh and damning light on how HAL dealt with a flight control phenomenon that has given its chopper division real nightmares over the last few years — cyclic saturation.
Originally promised by India back in August 2009, the Maldivian government has this week taken delivery of a HAL Dhruv for their National Defence Force.Â Although resplendent with MNDF titles and national flag, the helicopter carries the Indian military serial “CG852” which allows HeliHub.com to trace its history back to the Indian Coast Guard Evaluation… Read more »
Commander of the Ecuadoran Air Force (FAE), Rodrigo Bohorquez, said today that the helicopters purchased from India met all the requested requirements for purchase, ruling out that the investment was made “on a whim”.
With growing incident of naxal violence in the nearby states of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, the Uttar Pradesh Police has made elaborate security arrangements and would purchase a sophisticated helicopter to deal with the possibility of attacks by rebels
On 13 Sep 09 the Delhi based Western Air Command was requested for an air evacuation of 19 members of an Army Mountaineering Expedition to Pin Parbati Pass, who were stranded at a height of 14,600 feet in the treacherous glaciated terrain in the higher hills of Himachal Pradesh.