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09:51 AM, July 24, 2014
Indian Navy And Coast Guard To Get 32 Dhruv Helicopters
Indian Navy And Coast Guard To Get 32 More Dhruv MK III Helos

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has received approval to manufacture 32 Dhruv Mk III advanced light helicopters, to be divided equally between the Indian navy and the country’s coastguard.

Approved by the Indian government’s Defense Acquisition Council, the deal is worth around $1.19 billion, also including spare parts, maintenance and in-service support.

The Indian navy already operates eight Dhruv rotorcrafts, while the coastguard has four, and the first navy squadron to be used for search and rescue and armed patrol tasks was commissioned last November.

Hindustan Aeronautics has delivered almost 150 Dhruv helicopters to India’s armed services and paramilitary forces since 2002, the majority flown by its air force and army.

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