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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dhruv clocks 1,00,000 flying hours

Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv achieved a new milestone by completing flying a total of one lakh hours today. The land mark has been achieved in the early hours today with the flying of helicopter IA 3104 of 301 Army Aviation Sqn (Spl Ops).
“One lakh hours flown by the machine is an awesome feat to achieve. It is a dream machine for any pilot," an HAL release said, quoting Lt Col Kapil Agarwal who completed the landmark flying hours.
ALH is being operated by Indian Air Force, Indian Army, Indian Navy, Coast Guard, BSF and state governments since 2002. Currently, more than 132 Dhruv helicopters are serving the Indian Defence Forces. HAL has also built 12 civil variant Dhruv helicopters and they are being used by its customers. The Ecuador Air Force (FAE) operates six Dhruv helicopters with their President choosing to fly in them. (Edited Release)

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