Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered the first of five Dhruv advanced light helicopters (ALH) to the Indian Army Aviation Corps (AAC) at the Aero India Air Show in Bangalore, India.
The twin-engine craft Dhruv mkIII, which is powered by Shakti engines, has been co-developed by Turbomeca and HAL and features second-generation active vibration control and additions to the cockpit displays.
The Dhruv mkIII can carry a 200kg payload at a high-altitude capacity of 6,000m, which is a critical requirement for the Indian Army.
The Shakti engine can also be deployed on Dhruv weapon system integrated (WSI) variants that carry a 20mm cannon, rockets and mistral missiles on external pylons.
About 159 helicopters will be inducted into the Indian armed forces and all future production craft will feature Shakti engines, according to the Shephard.