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Indian military orders another 41 Dhruv helicopters

Indian military orders another 41 Dhruv helicopters

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited signed one more contract for supply of Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH). The contract is for 40 ALH to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy. “The latest order reflects the trust on HAL’s capabilities and gives an impetus to make-in-India campaign. It reposes faith of Indian Defence forces in… Read more »

Source: HAL, 06-Sep-17

Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

The Indian Army is planning to purchase 6 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The $655 million contract includes spares, equipment, training, ammunition and weapons, reports HiTech Facts. The purchase is the start of the expansion of the Indian Army’s aviation capacity.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

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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

31-May-17 Z402 Airbus SA316 Dayarampura, India

Precautionary landing due to change of weather – it was a very soggy field

31-May-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

Russian Helicopters to sign contracts with India’s Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry

Russian Helicopters to sign contracts with India’s Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry

During the Russia-India conference on after-sales service for Russian-made helicopters, Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) proposed developing the after-sales service provision for Russian-made helicopters operated in India. A long-term contract between India’s Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry and Russian Helicopters is one of the steps envisaged as part of these improvements to… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Sep-15

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

02-Feb-15 Z3155 HAL Chetak Rangapahar, India

Crashed from 10-12 ft shortly after take off, 4 POB.  Pilots Colonel B K Singh and Major Kshitij not injured

02-Feb-15

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01-Oct-14 HAL Cheetah Bharthaul, India (3F)

Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army taking part in the ongoing military exercise at the Jat Regimetanl Centre (JRC) at Bareilly crashed minutes after take-off killing all three on board.  It had gained only a few hundred metres in height when it caught fire mid-air.  Another report states it was a maintenance flight.  The three… Read more »

01-Oct-14

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India starts second AgustaWestland probe – this time for Army LUH program

India starts second AgustaWestland probe – this time for Army LUH program

CBI sources said the preliminary inquiry has been registered on the request of the Defence Ministry after it emerged that a Brigadier-level officer allegedly promised to help AgustaWestland swing the 197-helicopter deal.  see full story

15-Jun-13

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Eurocopter complains about delay in Indian Army deal

Eurocopter complains about delay in Indian Army deal

The French helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter has complained to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) about the delay in the commencement of the price negotiation process in the 197-helicopter deal for the Indian Army. (See Full Story)

Source: The Sunday Guardian, 29-May-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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23-May-12 HAL Chetak Siachen Glacier, India (1F)

Crashed, killing pilot Major Chandrashekhar Singh, shortly after dropping off supplies at a helipad in the Himalayas at an altitude of 19,685ft

23-May-12

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Indian army aviation is “97 per cent obsolete”

Indian army aviation is “97 per cent obsolete”

The Indian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence has tabled a report showing the Army faces a shortage of 18 Cheetah, one Chetak, 76 Advance Light Helicopter and 60 armed Advance Light Helicopters. (read full story)

Source: IBN, 08-May-12

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Indian Army close to releasing unmanned helicopter RFI

Indian Army close to releasing unmanned helicopter RFI

The Army is moving closer to a decision on whether to invest in a new unmanned helicopter. The service expects to issue a “request for information” next week for a vertical-takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft, Army officials said during a June 23 conference call with reporters. As an interim step before it decides to… Read more »

Source: Indian Army, 27-Jun-11

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India short-lists MBDA’s PARS 3LR guided missile system

India short-lists MBDA’s PARS 3LR guided missile system

MBDA´s PARS 3 LR guided missile system has been short listed for the Indian Army helicopter future air-to-ground requirement. MBDA Deutschland has delivered proposals for its PARS 3 LR multi-target, long range weapon system for HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH DHRUV) and for two attack helicopters, the KAMOV KA-52 and the MIL MI-28. Within the… Read more »

Source: MBDA, 23-Jun-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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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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02-Feb-11 HAL Cheetah Nashik, India (2F)

Helicopter crashed into unoccupied building close to an air base used for training by the Indian Army.  Two killed were Major Atul Garje and Captain Bhanu Pratap Gupta

02-Feb-11

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18-Aug-10 (Serial TBA) HAL Chetak Dzukou Valley, India (3F)

18-Aug-10

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09-May-10 (serial TBA) HAL Chetak Chipskang, India

09-May-10

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