This helicopter programme cannot go into a tailspin

Context: The chequered history of India’s indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) touched a low when a Dhruv (IN-709) in the Indian Navy’s newly-acquired flee was on a routine flight, reportedly experienced a “sudden loss of power and rapid loss of height” close to the coast of Mumbai. 

About ALH Dhruv:

Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter
  • It is a twin engine, multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in the 5.5 ton weight class.
  • The basic Helicopter is produced in skid version and wheeled version. 
  • Dhruv is “type –Certified” for Military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC) and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • Certification of the utility military variant was completed in 2002 and that of the civil variant was completed in 2004. 
  • The major variants of Dhruv are classified as Dhruv Mk-I, Mk-II, Mk-III & Mk-IV.
  • Dhruv has also been supplied to Nepal Army & Mauritius Police, Maldives.

Roles of Dhruv

  • Passenger / Commuter Role
  • VIP Travel
  • Causality Evacuation
  • Under Slung Load
  • Rapid Deployment of Forces
  • Logistic Air Support
  • Search and Rescue
  • Training

Source: The Hindu & HAL Official website


Q. Which of the following is a non-combat defence helicopter of India recently been news?

(a) Boeing C-17

(b) Tejas

(c) Prachand

(d) Dhruv

Answer: (d)

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