In line with the Government of India’s vision to boost defense exports to friendly foreign countries, HAL signed a contract with the Government of Mauritius (GoM) for the export of one Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Mk III) for Mauritius Police Force. The Government of Mauritius already operates Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) built Advanced Light Helicopter and Dornier Do-228 twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft. With this contract, HAL and GoM have further strengthened the long-standing business relations spanning over three decades.
The contract was signed by Mr. BK Tripathy, General Manager, Helicopter Division-HAL, and Mr. OK Dabidin, Secretary of Home Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Govt. of the Republic of Mauritius recently at HAL’s Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur in the presence of Mr. Apurba Roy, General Manager, TAD-Kanpur, Mr. K Jhugroo, Deputy Commissioner of Mauritius Police, Mrs. P Sohun, Dy Permanent Secretary, Govt. of Mauritius, Mr. T Abdoolahkhan, Chief Inspector of Mauritius Police and Mr. Arup Kumar Mallick, Addl. General Manager (Mktg)-HAL.
The HAL Dhruv is a utility helicopter designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The name comes from a Sanskrit origin word Dhruv which means unshakeable or firm. HAL Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk.3 is an improved version equipped with Shakti-1H engines, new electronic warfare (EW) suite and warning systems, automatic chaff and flare dispensers, and an improved vibration control system. The first batch was inducted into service in 2012. It comes with seating for 14 fully equipped troops.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company, headquartered in Bengaluru, India. Established on 23 December 1940, HAL is one of the oldest and largest aerospace and defense manufacturers in the world today. HAL began aircraft manufacturing as early as 1942 with licensed production of Harlow PC-5, Curtiss P-36 Hawk, and Vultee A-31 Vengeance for the Indian Air Force. Over the years, HAL has designed and developed several platforms like the HF-24 Marut, the Dhruv, the LUH, and the LCH.