The Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 323 equipped with local-made ALH Mk III helicopters was commissioned into the Indian Navy on April 19, 2021. The Mk III version of the ALH has an all-glass cockpit and will be used for Search and Rescue, Special Operations and Coastal Surveillance. The squadron will operate three state-of-the-arts ALH Mk III, a multirole helicopter with Shakti engine manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). A total of 16 helicopters are under procurement and the aircraft are being delivered in a phased manner to the Indian Navy.
The indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-DHRUV) is a twin engine, multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in the 5.5 ton weight class. The basic Helicopter is produced in skid version and wheeled version. Dhruv is “type â€“Certified” for Military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC) and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The major variants of Dhruv are classified as Dhruv Mk-I, Mk-II, Mk-III & Mk-IV.