Saturday, July 13, 2013

Proud Of Dhruv In Flood Ops: HAL

HAL Statement: HAL-produced helicopters – Dhruv, Cheetah/Chetak – played a leading role in the biggest ever helicopter based rescue operation of Indian defence forces in flood and rain-hit areas of Uttarakhand recently. These copters deployed over flood and landslide affected areas in Uttarakhand performed effectively in dropping paratroopers, evacuating stranded people and in supply of food and medicines. The helicopters made hundreds of sorties in the high risk zone overcoming strong winds, visibility and with virtually no space for landing on high terrains. HAL teams were positioned at Deharadun and Delhi to ensure logistic support for the rescue operations.

Dhruv which can carry 16 passengers was the star performer. On many occasions, due to incessant rain IAF pilots could only use Dhruv as it was unsafe for other copters to land.  Dhruv helicopters flew for nearly 630 hours during the operation and Cheetah/Chetak flew 520 hours.

"The indigenous helicopters pressed into service by the Army and the Air Force in flood-hit areas have proved their mettle in carrying out rescue and relief operations in highly inaccessible areas.  We are proud of it", says Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL.    

HAL designed,  developed and produced  Dhruv helicopters have been  delivered to the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and the Coast Guard. They are also exported. The civil version of Dhruv has been certified by the DGCA and delivered to ONGC, Govt of Jharkand and the BSF.

The advanced technology features  incorporated in the design of Dhruv include hingeless main rotor and bearingless tail rotor; integrated dynamic system encompassing main gear box and upper controls in a single housing; higher powered Shakti engines; integrated architecture display system (glass cockpit); duplex automatic flight control system; redundancy with twin engine, dual hydraulics and controls; 30 min dry running capability of gear boxes; crashworthy bottom structure, landing gear, crew seat and fuel tanks with self-sealing capability; extensive use of composite material on fuselage  and rotor system; integration of role and optional equipments such as rescue hoist, stretchers and cargo-hook.

Dhurv also has advanced avionics (communication, navigation & surveillance), electrical mission systems. All this makes Dhruv, a versatile multi-mission, multi-role helicopter capable of operating in all-weather and extreme climate conditions ensuring high degree of reliability and survivability.

Based on the expertise of Dhruv, HAL undertook the Design & Development of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).


Anonymous said...

That's Right, HAL should be really proud of this machine they built,,,,

Dhruv proved itself as an versatile machine....

putting halt over alleged under- performance issues,

HAL can surely make this one even better .


larsing said...

DHRUV is the Bell Huey of India.

Hrishikesh said...

Dhruv has been a terrific machine right from start and the best deal in safety of occupants. Ecuador crash - no harm to pilots, recent crash in Siachen - no harm to pilots. Everyone derides HAL but its time to give them a break and encourage them to finish LCH, LUH and LCA programs.

P.K.Chaudhuri said...

India is proud of the ALH. The production capacity of the helicopter must be increased. Indigenised content in the helicopter must be increased continuously. Slightly more pro-active and efficient management of HAL can easily export a substantial number of the helicopter every year.
DRDO and HAL had promised long back to bring out the Medium Capacity Helicopter.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shiv,
Though i too believe that HAL's ALH or Dhruva is a very fine Helicopter
yet it seems there are also some problems attached with it..

So any comments on below story?

I guess HAL is the culprit...yet they keep on harping on their achievements. This will be a classic case of a Product well designed but built to poor standards like the LCA Tejas.


Techgig said...

Really proud of HAL & ALH. Finally a helicopter completely suited to our country. Hope MHA also order ALH as soon as possible!!

G Karthikeyan said...

Proud of the ALH Pilots and ground support team of the IAF and IA, who made the machine count. It is the men and women behind the machine who have truly done the country proud!