India is in discussions with Sri Lanka and several Southeast Asian nations for the supply of Dhruv indigenously developed advanced light helicopter (ALH).
The delivery of defence equipment and providing assistance in setting up domestic manufacturing capability have become a part of efforts to enhance defence cooperation and boost exports with friendly countries,
Apart from queries, "there is talk with Vietnam, Myanmar and Sri Lanka for ALH,” T. Suvarna Raju, Chief Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) was quoted as saying by The Hindu today.
Another official said discussions with Indonesia were progressing well. Officials from India were expected to visit Jakarta in April.
India is giving priority on maintenance and training, following its experience of Dhruv ALH sales to Ecuador, which got embroiled in legal issues.
In 2009, India bagged a deal to supply seven of these helicopters to Ecuador worth $45.2 million after defeating several global platforms.
However, the Indian government's excitement was short-lived as four of them crashed. In October 2015, Ecuador unilaterally terminated the contract and in 2016, put the three helicopters on sale.
Following this, HAL had moved a local court there. Of the four crashes, two had been attributed to pilot error and one to mechanical failure.
The Indian Army plans to replace early variants of Cheetahs and Chetak light-utility helicopters with the home-grown advanced light helicopters (ALH) after string of crashes raise safety concerns. The armys aviation wing would replace 41 Cheetahs and Chetaks with new helicopters from the “ALH reserve stock” and the proposal would be sent for Cabinet committee on security approval soon, Hindustan Times quoted an unnamed defense ministry source as saying last Sunday
India is seeking certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Dhruv advanced light helicopters, following Ecuadors move to return them due to frequent crashes. Four of seven Dhruv helicopters supplied to Ecuador have crashed during the period October 2009 to January 2015
Ecuador government has considered returning advanced light helicopters ‘Dhruv to Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) after a court case involving both the sides is settled. The Ecuador government intends to return due to long-run issue performance of the chopper
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
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is likely to float a Request for Information (RFI) soon for identifying an Indian private agency that can produce the civilian version of the ALH Dhruv helicopters in future. Considering the increasing need of helicopters in civil operations of the country, this will be a mega deal from HAL which is the OEM and Licensor
The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics will transfer the technology of its advanced light helicopter Dhruv to a domestic defense manufacturer for commercial production. HAL is in the process of identifying a private entity with whom it will share the technology for the production of twin-engine combat helicopter in India, unnamed official sources were quoted as saying by PTI Sunday
Sir Lankas local media has reported that Colombo is interested in purchasing six ex-Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30K fighter aircraft that have been grounded in Belarus. The negotiations were held last year from November 2-4 between company representatives of Lanka Logistics and Technologies Limited, fully owned by the Government of Sri Lanka, and Russias Irkut Corporation at 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, in Baranovichi, Belarus, Colombos news agency
The Sri Lankan Navy will receive its largest warship from Indias state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) three months ahead of schedule. Sri Lanka had signed a $155 million deal with India four years ago for two offshore patrol vessels
The Indian Army is preparing to deploy a squadron of Dhruv advanced light helicopters equipped with weapons in the northeast border that it shares with China. There are four weapon stations on the helicopter with a turret gun in its nose area
India has cleared a proposal worth around Rs 8,000 crore (US$1.2 billion) for acquiring 32 ALH Dhruv helicopters to be built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
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