1 serious, 1 minor injury to the 2 POB. Damage level to helicopter not known
Source: Deccan Herald, 18-Apr-13
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: Hindustan Times, 15-Apr-13
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: HAL, 06-Feb-13
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 [...]
Source: HAL, 28-Jan-13
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 [...]
Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Oct-12
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 [...]
Maoist rebels shot at helicopter (which was on an EMS flight evacuating two injuried people). Bullet holes confirmed on landing
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
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)
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)
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 [...]
Source: CAE, 25-May-11
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 [...]
Source: Telegraph India, 13-May-11
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.
“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
Source: Magellan Aerospace, 09-Feb-11
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 [...]
Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-11
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. [...]
Source: Flightglobal, 07-Jan-11
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
Crashed shortly after take-off
Source: Business Standard, 13-Sep-10
The Italian consultants Avion will now scrutinise the Dhruv’s Integrated Dynamic System to diagnose the problem.
Source: Aviation News, 13-Aug-10
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: Indian-Military.org, 10-Aug-10
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: Hindustan Times, 06-Aug-10
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: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-10
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 [...]
Source: Brahmand, 12-Mar-10
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: Press Trust of India, 15-Dec-09
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: Poder 360, 29-Oct-09
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: Central Chronicle, 27-Oct-09
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: Indian Press Bureau, 16-Sep-09
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: L'Express, 11-Sep-09
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: Flightglobal, 16-Jul-09
Source: MyNews, 10-Jul-09
Source: Business Standard, 26-May-09
Source: http://www.airliners.net/photo/India---Army/Hindustan-ALH-Dhruv/1511485/L/, 05-May-09
Source: Hindu, 11-Apr-09
Source: Asian Age, 02-Mar-09
Source: Turbomeca, 11-Feb-09
Source: Business Standard, 09-Feb-09
Source: SmasHits, 27-Jan-09