Monday, May 03, 2021

India's Dhruv helicopter proving to be hero of Rescue Mission in Nepal

India's indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) has been playing an important role in the ongoing rescue and relief measures being undertaken in the earthquake devastated regions of Nepal.

HALs Dhruvs so far cumulatively completed nearly 40 sorties clocking around 70 hours of flying. They are helping in movement of equipment, other logistics management in addition to evacuating people from the earthquake affected areas, says Chief of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) T Suvarna Raju.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently handed over an indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) - Dhruv - built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at Kathmandu. The copter too is being used by the Nepalese Army in the relief operations.

Dhruv helicopter has a proven track record in both military and civil operations. It is designed to meet the requirement of both military and civil operators. Dhruv has also been exported to Ecuador, Mauritius and Maldives. Dhruv is particularly useful in meeting the arduous tasks in difficult terrains.

Dhruv helicopters played a key role in search and rescue operations during the 2004 tsunami, the 2010 flash floods at Leh, the 2011 earthquake in Sikkim, the biggest ever rescue operation by helicopters undertaken by IAF in flood and rain-hit areas of Uttarakhand in June-2013 and Jammu & Kashmir flood relief operation in September-2014. Dhruv is being operated by Indian Air Force, Indian Army, Indian Navy, Coast Guard, BSF and State governments since 2002.

03/05/21 WebIndia123

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