New Delhi: The first squadron of the indigenously made Advanced Light Helicopter Mk3 (ALH Mk3) has been commissioned in the Indian Navy. The ALH Mk3 squadron was inducted in the Indian Navy at the INS Hansa base, in Goa, in the presence of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik.
ALH Mk3 helicopters are extremely useful in surveillance, rescue and search operations, and these multi-role helicopters have been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The engine used in the helicopters also has been developed by HAL. The engine has been named Shakti. ALH Mk3 helicopters are crucial for the Atmanirbhar Bharat policy of the Indian government.
These helicopters can participate even in night missions. The helicopters are equipped with super-advanced sensors. Advanced radar also has been deployed on the helicopter. Systems like the warfare suite and Electro-Optical Pod have been installed on the helicopter for the pilot. This can help even in stopping an attack like 26/11. It is claimed that these helicopters can be highly effective in preventing intrusion through the marine route and locating suspicious movements.
Before this, AHL Mk1 also had been developed by HAL. In the next phase, ALH Mk2 was designed. This helicopter operates under the name Dhruv, and ALH Mk3 is the next version of the Dhruv. HAL is developing ALH Mk4, and these will be equipped with Helicopter turret gun, rockets and air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.