Navy has not rejected Dhruv: Defence Minister
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 00:00
New Delhi, Oct 22: In the wake of reports that the Indian Navy had rejected Dhruv as a rotary wing platform for its operations, the government today denied any such refusal to accept the Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH).

"The Indian Navy has not rejected the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, developed indigenously by Bangalore-based bluechip Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)" Defence Minister A K Antony told Parliament.

Replying to a Rajya Sabha question, the Defence Minister said the Navy had till now inducted eight ALHs in a utility role. He, however, stated ALHs Anti Submarine Warfare version could not be inducted in the Navy.

Dhruv is the first product from HAL which has brought export orders India's way in the civil and military aviation sector, with the bagging of contracts from Ecuador and Turkey in the recent months.

Already, Army and Air Force have decided to induct over 150 of Dhruv's weaponised version in the near future.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 00:00

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