Barrackpore (West Bengal), July 25(ANI): The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday received the first batch of four Cheetal helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Barrackpore, West Bengal.
Assistant Chief of Air staff Air Vice Marshal M Bahadur received the first batch of re-engined version of 'Cheetah' helicopters - 'Cheetal', which would boost IAF's proficiency for critical high-altitude missions, from HAL's director of design and development N C Agarwal.
Speaking during the ceremony, Air Vice-Marshal Bahadur said the 'Cheetal' would enhance the capability of the forces in high altitude and stressed on the need for continuous after-sales service by HAL, especially the supply of spare parts.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of HAL's helicopter complex R Srinivasan said: "The Air Force was the first to recognise the efficiency of the Cheetal and placed orders in 2006."
"IAF had placed an order for 10 Cheetals, of which the first batch of four has been delivered. The remaining six are expected to be handed over by September," Srinivasan added.
Srinivasan further specified that after the entire lot of helicopters are handed over to IAF, HAL would take up production of 10 helicopters which have been ordered by the Indian Army.
The Cheetal helicopters are robust with enhanced fuel-efficient engine, which boost its endurance and payload. (ANI)