First green helicopter for Coast Guard successfully completes its maiden ground run

HAL begins supplying helicopters to Indian Coast Guard

GN Bureau | June 29, 2018


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The first green helicopter built for Indian Coast Guard successfully completed its maiden ground run in Bengaluru on June 28. It was handed over to the Rotary Wing R&D centre, a design house of HAL for integration and certification of 19 new systems. Indian Coast Guard director general Rajendra Singh received the contract documents from HAL CMD T Suvarna Raju during the event.

Raju said that for the first time HAL has entered into a contract with ICG that includes performance based logistics support. The HAL-made ALH Dhruv helicopters are being extensively deployed by the ICG for search and rescue, casualty evacuation, armed patrol, coastal surveillance, VIP movement and the night SAR, he said. The certified helicopter deliveries are scheduled to commence from 2020 onwards.
 
HAL had inked a Rs 5,126 crore pact for supply of 16 ALHs to Indian Coast Guard in five year timeframe in March 2017 to boost the low intensity maritime operations and coast security capabilities. The first ALH Dhruv squadron of Indian Coast Guard was commissioned in March 2002 with its operational base at Indian Coast Guard Air Enclave in Goa. 

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