The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed one more contract for supply of Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH). The contract is for 40 ALH to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy.

The order is worth a whopping Rs 6,100 crore. This is a move further strengthen the air defence of India.

“The latest order reflects the trust on HAL’s capabilities and gives an impetus to make-in-India campaign. It reposes faith of Indian Defence forces in indigenous ALH which has been serving them with distinction for a long time”, says T Suvarna Raju, HAL Chairman and Managing Director.

The contract would be executed over a period of 60 months. The contract was signed between the Ministry of Defence and HAL in New Delhi, recently. Officials from Ministry of Defence, Indian Army, Indian Navy and HAL were present during the event.

In March this year HAL had signed a contract for supply of 32 ALH to boost the maritime security capabilities of the Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

Since 2002, HAL has produced over 117 ALH, with the Indian Army alone operating over 96 of them.

The chopper weighs 5.5 tonne, has a twin engine and is a multi-mission new generation helicopter.

The helicopter has been certified for military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

According India’s former defence minister Manohar Parrikar, the country requires about 800 to 1,000 helicopters, production for which could be addressed by the domestic market.