India’s HAL wins $951.9m contract for advanced light helicopters


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has secured a contract worth Rs61bn ($951.9m) from the Indian Ministry of Defence to deliver advanced light helicopters (ALHs) to the nation’s armed forces.

Under the contract, the company is tasked with supplying a total of 41 ALHs over a period of five years.

Of the total ALHs, 40 will be delivered to the Indian Army, while one will be sent to the Indian Navy.

HAL CMD T. Suvarna Raju said: “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 indigenous ALH which has been serving them with distinction for a long time.”

In March, HAL signed a contract to supply 32 ALHs to the Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

The Rs80bn ($1.24bn) contract requires the company to deliver Dhruv ALHs to improve maritime security capabilities.

"The latest order reflects the trust on HAL’s capabilities and gives an impetus to make-in-India campaign."

The contract also covers performance-based logistics (PBL) support for ICG’s 16 helicopters over a period of five years.

HAL’s Dhruv is a multirole and multi-mission helicopter designed for army, air force, navy, coastguard and civil operations.

This 5.5t helicopter features advanced technologies, such as anti-resonance vibration isolation systems (ARI), full authority digital electronic control (FADEC), hingeless and bearingless rotors, and an automatic flight control system.

Its navigation suite includes a global positioning and navigation systems, distance measuring equipment, a true air speed indicator, an automatic direction finder, a heading reference system, a radio altimeter, a very high frequency (VHF) omnidirectional ranger and instrument landing system (VOR / ILS), and marker beacons.


Image: Of the total ALHs, 40 will be delivered to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy. Photo: courtesy of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).