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Monday 7 June 2021

Indigenous Dhruv advanced light helicopters Inducted into the navy at INS Dega

The induction ceremony of ‘322 Dega Flight’ was held on Monday with three Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) MK III helicopters flying into the Naval Air Station, at INS Dega, in Visakhapatnam. 

With the induction of these Maritime Reconnaissance and Coastal Security (MRCS) helicopters, the Eastern Naval Command got a major boost towards enhancing the capabilities of the force, in pursuit of the maritime interests of the nation. 

These helicopters, built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, are highly advanced, state-of-the-art flying machines.

The navalised Dhruv ALH MK III helicopters feature an array of systems previously seen only on heavier, multi-role helicopters of the Indian Navy. These helicopters are fitted with modern surveillance radar and electro-optical equipment, which enable them to undertake the role of maritime reconnaissance in addition to providing long-range Search and Rescue, both by day and night. 

In addition to special operations capabilities, the Dhruv ALH MK III is also fitted with a heavy machine gun for  constabulary missions. 

A removable Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) can also be fitted on Dhruv ALH MK III helicopters to airlift critically ill patients. The helicopter also has a host of advanced avionics, making it truly an all-weather aircraft. 

The Dhruv's induction was held in the presence of Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) 

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