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Indian Defence minister launches Light Combat Helicopter production at HAL

Indian Defence minister launches Light Combat Helicopter production at HAL

Mr. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, declared the launch of production of HAL designed 5.8 ton category Light Combat Helicopter and dedicated the HAL’s role changer design upgrade program of Hawk-i to the nation in HAL premises here today. Senior officials from Ministry of Defence, Indian Air Force and Hindustan Aeronautics… Read more »

Source: HAL, 07-Sep-17

AEM to provide Internal PA system for Indian Chinooks

AEM to provide Internal PA system for Indian Chinooks

The Boeing Company has selected AEM (Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp) to supply the Internal PA System (IPS) for use on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopters for the Indian Government. This is the first time that the Chinook has been equipped with an Internal Public Address System, and AEM is pleased to provide the solution. “AEM has… Read more »

Source: AEM, 26-May-16

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Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

The Boeing Company has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) for 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Indian Ministry of Defence. “We have a successful track record of integrating CAAS on Chinook helicopters that will ensure that the Indian Defence Ministry will receive on-time, on-budget, advanced avionics,” said Troy Brunk,… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 30-Mar-16

Delivery of 151 Mil Mi-17V-5s to India now completed

Delivery of 151 Mil Mi-17V-5s to India now completed

Rostec has transferred to India a final batch of three helicopters as part of a contract to supply 151 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters through Rosoboronexport. In the near future, the Indian Air Force plans to order an additional 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters for flights in various conditions, as well as in both deserts and mountains. “India… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 08-Feb-16

Indian Air Force starts using new helipad at 16,000ft

Indian Air Force starts using new helipad at 16,000ft

India has quietly constructed and operationalised an Mi-17 helipad on the Siachen glacier near Kumar post at a height of about 16,000 ft, considerably augmenting the airlift capabilities for troop support and casualty evacuation. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 26-Oct-15

21-Oct-15 Z-3349 Mil Mi-17V5 Mumbai, India

EMergency landing in Bandra-Kurla Complex, just two miles south of Mumbai International Airport.  [Must have been quite a serious emergency to not head for the airport?]

21-Oct-15

Boeing confirms Indian Apache and Chinook order

Boeing confirms Indian Apache and Chinook order

The India Ministry of Defence has finalized its order with Boeing [NYSE: BA] for production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters that will greatly enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. India will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Both are the newest… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 30-Sep-15

India plans purchase of 48 Mil Mi-8MTV-5

India plans purchase of 48 Mil Mi-8MTV-5

India plans to buy 48 military helicopters from Russia, in a deal valued at 1.1 billion dollars. See full story

Source: Morningstar, 24-Jul-15

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25-Apr-15 Mil Mi-35 Sriganganagar, India

on Army training exercise.  3 POB evacuated safely

25-Apr-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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United Nations seeks return of Indian military helicopters

United Nations seeks return of Indian military helicopters

The United Nations has sought return of Indian Air Force helicopters to the peace keeping mission in Congo, almost three years after New Delhi withdrew the them due to domestic requirements. See Full Story

Source: DH, 14-Jan-15

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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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Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha and Secretary Defence Production, Mr. Gokul Chandra Pati visited HAL’s Bangalore facilities and reviewed the on-going project activities here today. “This visit is important to us considering that we all – Defence Production (MOD) and HAL – have been working on important defence projects…. Read more »

Source: HAL, 10-Jun-14

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27-Mar-14 Lucknow, India

Bird strike with large bird, possibly an eagle.  Uneventful emergency landing.  VVIP on board – Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his MP wife Dimple escaped unhurt

27-Apr-14

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Indian Air Force and HAL propose single agency to work with foreign OEMs

Indian Air Force and HAL propose single agency to work with foreign OEMs

The Indian Air Force and HAL have decided to work on joint plans on various fronts for better understanding of issues so that both contribute effectively in India’s defence preparedness. The entire board of HAL and senior officials flew down from Bangalore to interact with the top commanders of IAF at the conference held at… Read more »

Source: HAL, 07-Apr-14

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Indian Armed Forces receive landmark 3,500th Mi-17

Indian Armed Forces receive landmark 3,500th Mi-17

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has built the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012.   A contract for 80 military transport Mi-17V-5 helicopters was signed by Rosoboronexport in 2008,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 13-Mar-14

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OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract

OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract

The Indian Government has  released this statement – we run it verbatim with the spelling mistake! Press Information Bureau  Government of India Ministry of Defence  01-January-2014 17:44 IST VVIP Choper Agreement with AgustaWestLand International Ltd. (AWIL) Terminated  The Government of India has terminated with immediate effect the Agreement that was signed with M/s. AgustaWestLand International… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-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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AgustaWestland investigation becomes row between Indian political parties

AgustaWestland investigation becomes row between Indian political parties

The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party – literally “Indian People’s Party”) party in India is turning the AgustaWestland AW101 deal investigation into a domestic political row. The BJP claims to have had sight of a document which Swiss businessman Guido Haschke claimed he wrote during a meeting in 2008. The document reportedly lists initials of Indian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Dec-13

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Swiss resident in Indian Finmeccanica probe arrested

Swiss resident in Indian Finmeccanica probe arrested

Swiss resident Guido Ralph Haschke was arrested on Thursday on charges of bribery in an Indian helicopter deal won by Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland in 2010, his lawyer said.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 18-Oct-13

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India to issue showcause notice to AgustaWestland for cancelling deal

India to issue showcause notice to AgustaWestland for cancelling deal

Defence Ministry is planning to issue a show cause notice soon to Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland for cancellation of its helicopter contract in view of bribery charges against it.  See full story

Source: Indian Express, 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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AgustaWestland invokes arbitration clause in Indian VVIP AW101 contract

AgustaWestland invokes arbitration clause in Indian VVIP AW101 contract

AgustaWestland took a big new step today in their attempt to resolve the current impasse between them and the Indian military.  Their new move is described in the following statement :- ‘Following the suspension of the contract to supply AW101 VVIP helicopters to India – a sanction not provided for the under contract – a… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Oct-13

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30-Sep-13 HAL SA316 Chetak Maktanpar, India

Indian Air Force helicopter made an emergency landing in Maktanpar town near Wankaner taluka of Morbi district today due to a technical snag, officials from the force said

30-Sep-13

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25-Sep-13 Mil Mi-17 Chennai, India

Technical issue on Presidential helicopter prevented take-off

25-Sep-13

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15-Aug-13 Mil Mi-17 Mehsana, India

Precautionary landing due to unforeseen weather

15-Aug-13

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25-Jun-13 Mil Mi-17V5 Gaurikund, India (20F)

Crashed in poor weather. Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority said eight bodies have been recovered and chances of any survivor among the 19 onboard were remote

25-Jun-13

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AgustaWestland seeks release of money for Indian AW101s

AgustaWestland seeks release of money for Indian AW101s

Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting a probe into allegations of financial irregularities and payoffs in the Rs. 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian firm has knocked on the doors of the the Finance Ministry for release of nearly Rs 2,400 crore (approx $430M) which has been put… Read more »

Source: The Hindu, 05-Jun-13

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New Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 unit to help fight Maoists

New Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 unit to help fight Maoists

The anti-Maoist operations in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh are set to be augmented with the air force putting in place a squadron of its latest Mi-17 V-5 helicopters in Nagpur for the assistance of security forces. (See Full Story)

Source: Vancouver Desi, 31-May-13

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Indian Air Force may have no VVIP helicopters after 2014

Indian Air Force may have no VVIP helicopters after 2014

After February 2014, VVIPs may not be able to fly in an Indian Air Force helicopter, as there may not be a single one left in the IAF’s elite squadron, which ferries the Prime Minister, the President, senior ministers and other top dignitaries. (See full story)

Source: Daily Mail India, 22-Apr-13

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HAL signs contract for 20 Cheetal helicopters

HAL signs contract for 20 Cheetal helicopters

HAL has signed contract worth Rs. 418 crore with the Ministry of Defence for supply of 20 Cheetal helicopters and associated equipments to the Indian Army over the next four years. HAL will also provide training to the pilots and technical crew. This is the first contract for supply of Cheetal helicopters to the Indian… Read more »

Source: HAL, 25-Feb-13

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India’s AW101s – AgustaWestland has 7 days to respond

India’s AW101s – AgustaWestland has 7 days to respond

The Indian military have commenced legal proceedings which they hope will lead to the cancellation of their order for twelve VVIP AW101 helicopters.  Through the formality of issuing a “show cause notice”, AgustaWestland now have to respond to the court within seven days on specific points to determine whether the contract remains valid or not. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Feb-13

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India’s AW101s – Focus on the middlemen

India’s AW101s – Focus on the middlemen

“Haschke [the middleman] sold AgustaWestland a story based on my relationship with (cousin) SP Tyagi. We have strained ties. He (Haschke) used my name to siphon off money. The CBI probe will bring out the truth. I welcome the CBI probe,” said the former Indian Air Force chief. (see full story) A new angle has… Read more »

18-Feb-13

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India to scrap AW101 order if any wrongdoing found

India to scrap AW101 order if any wrongdoing found

A day after ordering the CBI probe, Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters that strong action will be taken against those found guilty.   “Nobody will be spared whatever may be the consequences,” he told reporters on the alleged Italian chopper scam. (see full story)  So far three of the twelve VVIP AW101s ordered have… Read more »

Source: DD India, 14-Feb-13

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India AW101 – Alleged middleman met Air Force chief 6 or 7 times

India AW101 – Alleged middleman met Air Force chief 6 or 7 times

The middleman, Guido Haschke, has also said that he received 20 million euros as commission and of this, 12 million euros were passed on to S P Tyagi’s Delhi-based businessmen cousins Julie Tyagi, Docsa Tyagi and Sandeep Tyagi. (see full story)

14-Feb-13

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Telephonics wins follow-up contract with Kazan Helicopters

Telephonics wins follow-up contract with Kazan Helicopters

Telephonics Corporation (Telephonics), a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), today announced a second contract from the Russian manufacturer of the world-renowned Mi-8/17 family of helicopters, Kazan Helicopters, part of the Russian Helicopters company. Telephonics will supply eighty-five (85) RDR-1600 weather avoidance search and rescue radars to Kazan for installation on the Mi-17V-5 helicopters… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 25-Jan-13

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18-Jan-13 Mil Mi-17 Timberwara, India

18-Jan-13 Mil Mi-17 Timberwara, India

Force landing after being shot at by militants – photos here.  The hydraulic system and genrators were damaged.  1 of the 7 POB was injured

18-Jan-13

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India inducts armed Mi-17 squadron in Rajasthan

India inducts armed Mi-17 squadron in Rajasthan

Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne inducting an armed Mi-17V5 helicopter squadron at Phalodi air base in Rajasthan on Monday (see full story)

Source: Zee News, 08-Jan-13

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Russian Helicopters to build more Mi-17V-5 for Indian Air Force

Russian Helicopters to build more Mi-17V-5 for Indian Air Force

Rosoboronexport and the Indian Ministry of Defence have signed an agreement on the delivery another consignment of Russia-made military transport Mi-17V-5 helicopters by 2015. The agreement was signed during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India on December 24, 2012. The new consignment of Mi-17V-5 helicopters falls under a contract signed by the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Jan-13

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RusHelo delivers latest consignment of Mi-17V-5s to India

RusHelo delivers latest consignment of Mi-17V-5s to India

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, has delivered another consignment of Mi-17V-5 helicopters to India as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport and India’s Ministry of Defence in 2008. The helicopters were built by Kazan Helicopter Plant, a Russian Helicopters company. The final… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Dec-12

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30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (5F) – 2 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –… Read more »

30-Aug-12

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30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (4F) – 1 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –… Read more »

30-Aug-12

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04-Jun-12 Mil Mi-17 Chiyanki, India

Emergency landing after engine failure.  14 POB

04-Jun-12

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Sikorsky point finger at AgustaWestland over Indian VVIP order, says press

Sikorsky point finger at AgustaWestland over Indian VVIP order, says press

The Indian press continue to have AgustaWestland in their firing line over the order for twelve VVIP helicopters which they won with the VVIP.  Now the Express quotes an un-named Sikorsky official saying  “There’s enough conclusive evidence. Let the law take its own course. The ministry has ordered a probe and the law of the… Read more »

15-Apr-12

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MI-17 V5 to be inducted into Inidan Air Force today

MI-17 V5 to be inducted into Inidan Air Force today

Mi-17 V5 helicopter would be inducted into the IAF on 17 February 2012. This helicopter falls in the category of armed helicopter, with substantial and effective firepower with the latest and more powerful engines that will greatly enhance its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes. Mi-17 V5, an upgrade of Mi-17 in the medium -lift… Read more »

Source: Press Information Bureau, 17-Feb-12

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First Mi-17-V5 batch delivered to India

First Mi-17-V5 batch delivered to India

The first batch of Mi-17V-5 helicopters have been delivered to the Indian side under the contract signed by Rosoboronexport, JSC in December 2008 during the visit to India of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The helicopters are manufactured by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding company. India is considered Russia’s a strategic partner… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Nov-11

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07-Sep-11 Z-2364 Mil Mi-8 Tumkur, India

Mil8 with 9 POB made emergency landing due to technical issue.  After being checked over helicopter departed later with no further issue.

07-Sep-11

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01-Sep-11 Mil Mi-8 Muthukulangara, India

Precautionary landing due weather

01-Sep-11

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22-Aug-11 Bommarasipet, India

Solo student pilot, seriously injured.  Helicopter type TBA – although one report is now saying it was a fixed wing.  We will monitor wires to decide and delete this record if appropriate

22-Aug-11

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13-May-11 Mil Mi-8 Bahadurpura, India (4F)

A Border Security Force helicopter crashed in Sirohi district of Rajasthan killing the pilot and three others. The helicopter crashed at 3 pm near Bahadurpura village. A team of officials from Mount Abu reached the crash site and all the bodies, which are badly burnt, have been recovered.  The killed are identifed as pilot Colonel… Read more »

13-May-11

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Indian Air Force embarassment as two VVIP Mi-17s “go tech”

Indian Air Force embarassment as two VVIP Mi-17s “go tech”

Two Mi-17 helicopters deployed to ferry defence minister A K Antony and his high-level entourage to forward areas in Rajasthan developed technical snags, one after the other, on Monday.

06-May-11

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18-Mar-11 HAL Chetak Allahabad, India

The Chetak helicopter was on a routine sortie from the Bamrauli base, but had to make the emergency landing as a precaution due to a technical defect

18-Mar-11

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UN to give helicopters back to India by June

UN to give helicopters back to India by June

The helicopters that are being called back have to undergo overhauling, including the changing the UN colours. The Indian Air Force has 11 Mi-17s and eight Mi-35s in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Sudan, the IAF has deployed six M-17s.

Source: Hindustan Times, 25-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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14-Dec-10 Mil Mi-26 Jammu, India

The Mi-26 chopper carrying defence personnel took off from the technical airport at Satwari and crashed within minutes of take off at 0950 hours, defence spokesperson Lt Col Viplov Nath said.

14-Dec-10

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19-Nov-10 Mil Mi-17 Bomdir, India (12F)

All 12 armed forces personnel on board an IAF MI-17 helicopter were killed when it crashed minutes after take-off from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

19-Nov-10

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08-Nov-10 HAL Chetak Siachen region, India

The Cheetah helicopter was on a routine air maintenance sortie when the crash landing took place at 0810 hours, IAF sources said in New Delhi. Defence Ministry sources said the two pilots on board the helicopter were injured and were evacuated to Leh for treatment.

08-Nov-10

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11-Sep-10 HAL Chetak Jharkhand, India (3F)

11-Sep-10

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11-Sep-10 HAL Chetak Nagpur International Airport, India

11-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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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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Indian Air Force Signs €560 Million Contract For 12 AW101

Indian Air Force Signs €560 Million Contract For 12 AW101

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that a contract has been signed by the Government of India for the acquisition of twelve AW101 helicopters that will perform government transport duties. The contract, valued at around € 560 million, includes an extensive five year logistic support service and initial aircrew and technician training. Over 180… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Mar-10

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30-Oct-09 (Serial TBA) Mi-17 Ramban district, Jammu & Kashmir, India (4F)

30-Oct-09

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Eurocopter opts out of Indian Air Force $2 billion helicopter tender

Eurocopter opts out of Indian Air Force $2 billion helicopter tender

Sources indicate that the Eurocopter’s product, the Tigre ARH, may not be ready in time to participate in field trials next year as it is undergoing an upgrade

Source: Domain-B, 27-Oct-09

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26-Jul-09 (Type/Serial TBA) Doda, Jammu & Kashmir, India

26-Jul-09 Doda, J&K, India

26-Jul-09

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