New Delhi, June 26 : The Defence Public Sector Undertaking, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has secured an order for the supply of seven Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters to the Ecuadorian Air Force.
HAL has bagged this order amidst strong competition from Elbit, Eurocopter and Kazan.
HAL's offer of 50.7 million dollars for seven helicopters was about 32 per cent lower than the second lowest bid from Elbit.
The first helicopter would be delivered by HAL in six month's time. The contract for the supply of helicopters is likely to be signed within a few weeks.
This order signifies Ecuador's confidence in Indian technology and can lead the way for further collaboration. This contract, which will establish HAL internationally, has been extremely significant and hard fought.
HAL has already supplied 76 helicopters to the defence services with excellent serviceability records. The company is presently executing orders for 159 more helicopters for Army and Air Force.