Since 2002, 14 military and 2 civil Indian home-grown Dhruv helicopters have been involved in accidents, out of which 11 occurred in India and 5 abroad.
Out of 16 accidents, 12 occurred due to human error & environmental factors and the remaining 4 occurred due to technical reasons, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said in the parliament Tuesday.
As per notice issued by Ecuador Government, ‘non-compliance of the seller of some of the obligations contracted by virtue of the present contract’ and ‘value of the fines exceeding the amount of guarantee of faithful compliance of the contract’ have been cited as the reasons.
After the enquiry, based on the specific nature of the recommendations, the required improvements / corrective measures are implemented by the operator, HAL & other OEMs as applicable.
Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) officials will be visiting Ecuador to resolve issues concerning termination of Dhruv helicopters contractual agreement. “HAL is getting ready to send a high-level team to Ecuador to resolve the issue and address the concerns of the Latin American customer after many meetings through diplomatic channels,” Financial Express quoted an unnamed source as saying Tuesday
Ecuador has unilaterally ended Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALU) contract with Indias Hindustan Aeronautics after four of its seven choppers crashed. HAL supplied seven Dhruvs between 2009 and 2012
Naval versions of Indias ‘Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) will get folding rotors to accommodate the chopper in tight spaces on board Indian ships. Work on this modification has been done at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore to make the rotors foldable which will increase the versatility of the helicopter
Ecuador will sell the three remaining three Dhruv utility helicopters it bought from Indias Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) it purchased between 2009 and 2012. Ecuador's Defence Minister Ricardo Patino announced the decision on October 20, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly reported
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