Srinagar, July 4 : Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) named Dhruva (Pole Star), a light (5.5t class) multi-role and multi-mission helicopter has proved useful for security forces in Kashmir.
"Dhruva", an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), which developed indigenously by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is a new generation helicopter in the 5.5-ton weight class with twin-engine configuration allowing a continued flight virtually throughout the flight envelope.
The helicopter which has been designed to meet the requirements of both the military and the civil operations, has high military capabilities for heli-borne assault, casualty evacuation, inspection, logistic support, and training.
Ajay Chauhan, a Colonel of Indian army fighting insurgency in Kashmir valley said that the multi-functionality of 'Dhruva' has certainly made it a force multiplier.
"We have the Dhruva helicopter flying overhead and giving us surveillance of the area. It also was useful in transporting material and personnel with its ability to fly at high altitudes and its all weather ability. It definitely is a force multiplier," said Colonel Ajay Chauhan.
Defence sources said the "Dhruva" can operate in various geographical conditions. It can fly at higher altitudes, has sea level high lift potential and is a performer at higher speed.
They said that it aptly fulfills the requirements of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard.
Its Integrated Dynamic System ensures low vulnerability, increased safety and reliability.