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Safety Concerns: Indian Defence Grounds Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv

In addition to the previous crashes involving the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv has subsequently been engaged in a number of other crashes.

The Indian defence forces have taken a precautionary step by temporarily grounding the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv following a series of recent crashes.

With safety as the top priority, the decision aims to prevent any further accidents and ensure the well-being of personnel.

This move comes after the recent tragic crash on May 4, which claimed the life of an Indian Army soldier.

Defence officials have confirmed that the temporary grounding of the ALH Dhruv helicopters is a precautionary measure in response to the May 4 crash.

The incident occurred in the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir, where the chopper experienced a hard landing, resulting in the loss of a technician's life and injuries to two pilots.

This crash marks the third such incident involving the ALH Dhruv in the past two months, including accidents involving the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy.

The Ministry of Defence has reported that over the past two decades, a total of 22 ALHs have crashed, with multiple emergency landings taking place across the country.

Data provided to Parliament reveals that six incidents involving the ALH were documented between 2017 and 2021, highlighting the need for increased attention to safety measures.

The indigenously developed ALH Dhruv is a twin-engine, multi-role helicopter that serves all three branches of the Indian defence forces.

Operating in the 5.5-ton category, it represents a new generation of helicopters. Currently, the Indian defence forces possess 300 units of the Dhruv, which are utilized for various purposes.

In addition to India, the helicopter is also deployed by the Nepal Army, Mauritius Police, and Maldives.

The ALH Dhruv comes in several major variants, including the MK-I with a conventional cockpit, MK-II and MK-III with glass cockpits, MK-III Maritime Role for the Navy and Coast Guard, and the MK-IV armed version.

These variants cater to different operational requirements and enhance the helicopter's versatility.

With safety being of paramount importance, the temporary grounding of the ALH Dhruv helicopters reflects the Indian defence forces' commitment to protecting personnel and preventing further accidents.

As investigations into the recent crashes continue, it is crucial to address any potential concerns and implement necessary measures to ensure the safe operation of the ALH Dhruv fleet in the future.

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