The Indian Navy inducted three indigenously built advanced light helicopters (ALH) MK II on Monday. The induction ceremony of 322 Dega Flight was held in the presence of Vice-Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC), with the three ALHs flying into Naval Air Station, INS Dega, a defence press release stated.
The ENC has got a boost towards bolstering its maritime capabilities with the induction of these maritime reconnaissance and coastal security (MRCS) helicopters.
The helicopters have been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), and are state-of-the-art flying machines, and have been a major push towards the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. The helicopters are installed 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 by day and night, the release said.
In addition, the ALH is also fitted with a heavy machine gun to carry out constabulary missions. A demountable medical intensive care unit is also installed for the purpose of airlifting critically ill patients. The helicopter also has a host of advanced avionics, making it an all-weather aircraft.