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India moves more armed helicopters to Chinese border

India moves more armed helicopters to Chinese border

The Indian Army has taken action and is planning to send ten HAL Dhruv Mk-IVs to Likabali, Assam. They are hoping that the increased amount of weaponized helicopters will help counter the Chinese military that is steadily growing alongside the Sino-Indian border, reports The Diplomat. They hope the squadron will be ready to send in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

Indian Army Retires Chetak and Cheetah Fleet

Indian Army Retires Chetak and Cheetah Fleet

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jan-17

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Dhruv Interested in EASA Certification

Dhruv Interested in EASA Certification

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

Ecuador terminates links with HAL after four Dhruv accidents

Ecuador terminates links with HAL after four Dhruv accidents

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

18-Oct-15

HAL Dhruv completes noise tests for EASA certification

HAL Dhruv completes noise tests for EASA certification

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 »

Source: HAL, 22-May-15

India – Border Security Force inducts pair of Mi-17s

India – Border Security Force inducts pair of Mi-17s

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

Source: The Hindu, 10-Apr-15

HAL renews Saab contract for Dhruv Self-protection Systems

HAL renews Saab contract for Dhruv Self-protection Systems

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 »

Source: SAAB, 01-Apr-15

HAL to set up Dhruv MROs in forward areas

HAL to set up Dhruv MROs in forward areas

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

Source: One India, 20-Feb-15

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Sarang helicopter display team reforms for AeroIndia 2015

Sarang helicopter display team reforms for AeroIndia 2015

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

Source: DH, 18-Feb-15

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11-Feb-15 HAL Dhruv Ganderbal, India (2F)

Instructor and student killed on night training flight.  Crashed in rocky mountainous area and burnt out

11-Feb-15

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27-Jan-15 FAE-605 HAL Dhruv Tena, Ecuador

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 »

27-Jan-15

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13-Jan-15 FAE-603 HAL Dhruv Chongon, Ecuador

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

13-Jan-15

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Dhruv helicopters back in action after Sitapur crash

Dhruv helicopters back in action after Sitapur crash

The Indian Air Force has resumed flying the indigenous Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) after completing a fleet inspection following a crash in Uttar Pradesh on July 25. See Full Story

Source: Daily Mail, 27-Aug-14

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Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

The Indian Air Force has grounded its fleet of around 40 Dhruv helicopters in view of the recent crash in which seven of its personnel were killed. See full story

Source: Daily Mail, 05-Aug-14

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25-Jul-14 HAL Dhruv Ataria, India (7F)

Emergency declared shortly after take-off, then crashed killing all seven on board.  Copilot named here as Sqn. Ldr. R. Manu

25-Jul-14

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21-Feb-14 FAE-601 AL Dhruv Chimborazo, Ecuador (3F)

3 of 4 POB killed

21-Feb-14

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Geological Survey of India to Deploy HAL Dhruv for Heliborne Surveys

Geological Survey of India to Deploy HAL Dhruv for Heliborne Surveys

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 »

Source: HAL, 23-Jan-14

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19-Dec-13 J-4064 HAL Dhruv Yellendu, India

Emergency landing and required maintenance engineer before further flight

19-Dec-13

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India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-13

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Indian Navy commissions first Dhruv squadron

Indian Navy commissions first Dhruv squadron

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 »

Source: Indian Navy, 13-Nov-13

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Dhruv Clocks 100,000 Flying Hours

Dhruv Clocks 100,000 Flying Hours

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 »

Source: HAL, 10-Oct-13

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India – Jodhpur Air Force station to receive five Dhruv

India – Jodhpur Air Force station to receive five Dhruv

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

Source: ZNews, 08-Oct-13

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Saab receives orders on self-protection system for ALH

Saab receives orders on self-protection system for ALH

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 »

Source: Saab, 21-Sep-13

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13-May-13 HAL Dhruv Siachen, India

1 serious, 1 minor injury to the 2 POB.  Damage level to helicopter not known

13-May-13

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HAL targets FAA certification for Dhruv

HAL targets FAA certification for Dhruv

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).

Source: Deccan Herald, 18-Apr-13

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India – Border force helicopter idle for 6 months looking for a pilot

India – Border force helicopter idle for 6 months looking for a pilot

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

Source: Hindustan Times, 15-Apr-13

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HAL gets initial clearance for Rudra variant of ALH

HAL gets initial clearance for Rudra variant of ALH

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 »

Source: HAL, 06-Feb-13

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HAL to Fly Dhruv, Rudra and LCH at Aero India 2013

HAL to Fly Dhruv, Rudra and LCH at Aero India 2013

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 »

Source: HAL, 28-Jan-13

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Non-compliant Eurocopter scuppers Indian Coast Guard tender

Non-compliant Eurocopter scuppers Indian Coast Guard tender

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Oct-12

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05-Apr-12 HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India

Maoist rebels shot at helicopter (which was on an EMS flight evacuating two injuried people).  Bullet holes confirmed on landing

05-Apr-12

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15-Jan-12 VT-BSN HAL Dhruv Maha Airport, India

Heavily damaged after crashing from 100ft altitude on take off on a test flight.  Pilot P D Tiwari, Co-pilot also named as P D Tiwari, and technicians Anand Bharti, Pankaj Pal and Subroto Chandra

15-Jan-12

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Border Security crash was sixth 2011 accident for Pawan Hans

Border Security crash was sixth 2011 accident for Pawan Hans

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?  (see full story)

25-Oct-11

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Dhruv helicopters grounded after crash

Dhruv helicopters grounded after crash

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.  (Full story) HeliHub.com page for this accident – 19-Oct-11 VT-BSH HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India (3F)

21-Oct-11

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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.  Aircraft completely burnt out.  Pilot named as… Read more »

19-Oct-11

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First-ever Dhruv helicopter simulator certified to Level D by DGCA

First-ever Dhruv helicopter simulator certified to Level D by DGCA

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 »

Source: CAE, 25-May-11

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Jharkhand government sets up Dhruv maintenance base after HAL refuses to help

Jharkhand government sets up Dhruv maintenance base after HAL refuses to help

The police’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.

Source: Telegraph India, 13-May-11

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21-Apr-11 HAL Dhruv Lachung, India (4F)

“Though it seems that the helicopter had crashed owing to the inclement weather, a court of inquiry has been ordered,” quoting the Indian Army.  Deceased quoted at pilots – Lt. Jepa and Lt. Col Bhatia of the Indian Air Force and soldiers Naib Subedar Rana and Naik Panth of 8 Gorkha Rifles

21-Apr-11

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New Wire Strike Protection System Developed for HAL Dhruv

New Wire Strike Protection System Developed for HAL Dhruv

Magellan Aerospace announced today an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore, India for a new Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS®). 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 in Winnipeg in 2011. Bristol is the global expert for this… Read more »

Source: Magellan Aerospace, 09-Feb-11

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HAL prepare to hand over six helicopters at Aero India

HAL prepare to hand over six helicopters at Aero India

During Aero India in Bangalore this week, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will hold handover ceremonies for a total of six helicopters.  One Chetak helicopter will be going to the Namibian Air Force.  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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-11

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IAI to help India develop unmanned Dhruv

IAI to help India develop unmanned Dhruv

Israel Aerospace Industries and Hindustan Aeronautics are co-operating to enable the transition of the Indian-developed Dhruv advanced light helicopter into an unmanned maritime rotorcraft

Source: Flightglobal, 07-Jan-11

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22-Dec-10 HAL Dhruv Leh, India

Crashed shortly after take-off

22-Dec-10

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HAL calls in Italian consultants to get Dhruv to fly faster

HAL calls in Italian consultants to get Dhruv to fly faster

The Italian consultants Avion will now scrutinise the Dhruv’s Integrated Dynamic System to diagnose the problem.

Source: Business Standard, 13-Sep-10

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HAL defends Dhruv following critical report

HAL defends Dhruv following critical report

HAL is coming to the defense of its flagship rotary-wing aircraft, the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter, following a critical report from India’s Comptroller and Auditor General.

Source: Aviation News, 13-Aug-10

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New evidence on causes of two Dhruv crashes; Nasty IAF-HAL spat detailed

New evidence on causes of two Dhruv crashes; Nasty IAF-HAL spat detailed

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.

Source: Indian-Military.org, 10-Aug-10

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India’s Auditor General says “home made” Dhruv is 90% imported

India’s Auditor General says “home made” Dhruv is 90% imported

The Comptroller and Auditor General has revealed that 90% of material used in the Dhruv’s manufacture is imported. The intention had been that the project should have been at least 50% indigenous.

Source: Hindustan Times, 06-Aug-10

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Maldives National Defence Force takes delivery of Dhruv

Maldives National Defence Force takes delivery of Dhruv

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.  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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-10

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Indian military Mi-17 and Dhruv to be armed with multi-barrel guns

Indian military Mi-17 and Dhruv to be armed with multi-barrel guns

The government has invited proposals for procuring multi-barrel gatlin guns which can be mounted on MI-17 and ‘Dhruv’ helicopters for use by security forces like the NSG and para-military commandos.

Source: Brahmand, 12-Mar-10

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27-Feb-10 HAL Dhruv Jaisalmer district, India

28-Feb-10

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Probe finds pilot error caused Dhruv to crash in Ecuador

Probe finds pilot error caused Dhruv to crash in Ecuador

In a big relief to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, pilot error was found to have caused the crash of the defence PSU’s Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) “Dhruv” in Ecuador in October

Source: Press Trust of India, 15-Dec-09

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Ecuador Air Force Defends Helicopter Purchase

Ecuador Air Force Defends Helicopter Purchase

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”.

Source: Poder 360, 29-Oct-09

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Uttar Pradesh Police set to buy Dhruv

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

Source: Central Chronicle, 27-Oct-09

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27-Oct-09 FAE-604 HAL Dhruv Quito, Ecuador

27-Oct-09

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IAF’s Dhruv’s first ever Recorded Rescue Mission at unprecendented heights

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.

Source: Indian Press Bureau, 16-Sep-09

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Mauritius Police’s new Dhruv arrives from India

Dhruv will be responsible for rescue operations and surveillance of our Exclusive Economic Zone. It can also be transformed by ambulance to transport the injured in case of extreme emergency.

Source: L'Express, 11-Sep-09

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Indian report slams performance of HAL’s Dhruv helicopter

Indian report slams performance of HAL’s Dhruv helicopter

Source: Flightglobal, 16-Jul-09

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CAG report slams HAL for sending defective choppers to airshow

Source: MyNews, 10-Jul-09

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India’s Ministry of External Affairs turns down request from Bolivia for seven Dhruvs

Source: Business Standard, 26-May-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Indian Army HAL Dhruv on test flight

Source: http://www.airliners.net/photo/India---Army/Hindustan-ALH-Dhruv/1511485/L/, 05-May-09

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India Border Security Force orders eight Dhruvs

Source: Hindu, 11-Apr-09

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India signs pact for supply of a Dhruv to Mauritius

Source: Asian Age, 02-Mar-09

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Maiden Flight of HAL’s Dhruv Helicopter Featuring Twin Ardiden 1H1 Engines

Source: Turbomeca, 11-Feb-09

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HAL to hand over first export Dhruvs to Ecuador Air Force

Source: Business Standard, 09-Feb-09

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Jharkhand helicopter grounded after suspension of pilots

Source: SmasHits, 27-Jan-09

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