Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL delivers Chetak helicopter to Indian Navy. HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for the supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of first two in August 2019 and the balance in August 2020.
HAL has been producing the Chetak helicopters for last five decades under license from Eurocopter, France (now Air bus helicopters).
The first Chetak helicopter to the Indian navy was delivered way back in February 1966, the company said in a release.
These helicopters are used by the Navy for communication duties (Passenger transport), Cargo and material transport, casualty evacuation, search and rescue, areal survey and patrolling, emergency medical services, electronic news gathering, anti-hijacking, offshore operation and under-slung operation, it said.
“These helicopters are fitted with latest communication and navigation systems developed by HAL and the company is committed to provide continuous support to the Chetek fleet,” HAL CMD R Madhavan said.
HAL has so far produced more than 350 Chetak helicopters and delivered around 80 to the Indian Navy.
Presently, 51 helicopters are flying with the Navy and the serviceability has always remained high, HAL said.
The company is supporting the Navy for periodical servicing of these helicopters, clearance of spares, a deputation of teams for defect rectification and any other requirement for maintainability of these helicopters.
About HAL : Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company headquartered in Bangalore, India. It is governed under the management of the Indian Ministry of Defence.
Chairperson: Shri R Madhavan
Founder: Walchand Hirachand
About Indian Navy :
The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star admiral, commands the navy.
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM
Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS): Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar, AVSM, VSM
Founded: 5 September 1612
Headquarters location: New Delhi
Garrison/HQ: Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy)