Indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopters commissioned into Indian Navy
The Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 323, the first unit of the indigenously build Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) MK III aircraft, was officially commissioned into the Indian Navy on Monday.
The commissioning of the ALH was graced by the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik in the presence of Indian Navy Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command at INS Hansa.
Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister said that the commissioning of the INAS 323 marked yet another milestone in the efforts towards enhancing maritime security and safeguarding the nation’s maritime interest.
The squadron will operate three state-of-the-art ALH MK III-a multirole helicopter with Shakti Engine manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a statement from the Defence Ministry said.
According to the Indian Navy, the ALH will be used for Search and Rescue, Special Operations and Coastal Surveillance across all the naval commands.
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