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Indian Coast Guard inducts new Advanced Light Helicopter Squadron 840 CG

In the Indian Coast Guard, a new air squadron known as 840 Squadron was established in Chennai, with an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mark-III aircraft as its first aircraft. In the presence of Inspector General AP Badola, Commander of the Eastern Coast Guard Region, the aircraft was greeted with the usual water cannon salute. This is the first time the defence force has deployed such a plane in the eastern region.

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KEY POINTS:

  • According to the Coast Guard, three more ALH aircraft will be added to the new Squadron’s inventory in the near future.
  • Modern radars are used to detect beyond the visual range of the aircraft.
  • It is armed with a mounted Heavy Machine Gun for target neutralisation operations.
  • The ALH is an indigenous aircraft built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited as part of the government’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.

Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mark-III aircraft:

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) created and developed the HAL Dhruv utility helicopter (HAL).
  • HAL Dhruv’s development was confirmed in November 1984.
  • The helicopter initially flew in 1992, although it took longer to build due to a number of issues, including the Indian Army’s request for design improvements, funding constraints, and sanctions imposed on India after the 1998 Pokhran-II nuclear tests.
  • The ALH MK- III is powered by two Shakti engines and is equipped with surveillance radar, electro optic pod, medical urgent care unit, high-intensity searchlight, infrared suppressor, heavy machine gun, and glass cockpit.

Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:

  • Commander of the Eastern Coast Guard Region: Inspector General AP Badola

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