New Delhi/ Kochi: In a major boost to India's Maritime Security, Two Indigenously Designed and Manufactured Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III has been formally welcomed on Thursday at the Indian Coast Guard Air Enclave, Kochi.
A Defence spokesperson said the induction has completed the unit entitlement of four ALH MK III. Both the aircraft will be inducted into 845 Squadron (Coast Guard) under the administrative and operational control of Coast Guard Air Enclave, Kochi.
As the rotor blades of the helicopter cut through the air, Aircraft were ceremonially welcomed into service with a traditional water cannon salute. The induction marks a boost to coastal security management by Coast Guard along the coast of Kerala, Karnataka and around Lakshadweep.
ALH MK III Helicopters feature an array of systems previously seen only on heavier, multi-role helicopters. These helicopters are fitted with modern surveillance radar and electro-optical equipment, which enable them to undertake the role of maritime reconnaissance in addition to providing Long-Range Search and Rescue, both by day and night. In addition to special operations capabilities, ALH MK III is also fitted with a heavy machine gun to undertake constabulary missions.
A removable Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is also fitted on these MK III Helicopters to airlift critically ill patients. The Helicopter also has a host of advanced avionics, making it truly an all-weather aircraft.
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