HAL delivered three to Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh at Aero India.
The helicopters are fully loaded multi-mission helicopter is fitted with an array of advanced sensors.
The helicopter features a full glass cockpit with HAL’s Integrated Architecture Display System (IADS), more powerful “Shakti” (Safran Ardiden 1H1) engines, and a host of new systems.
The Indian Navy had ordered 16 Mk-III to supplement its ageing and depleting fleet of Alouettes (Chetaks) – from HAL.
These helicopters have come up with latest-generation avionics and role equipment. It is primarily meant for use in a shore-based role.
The Mk-III ALH are also equipped with an indigenous low frequency dunking sonar (LFDS) developed by Kochi-based Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory.
The sonar’s units are being produced by state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited with a host of sub-vendors downstream.
The aircraft has also a nose-mounted surveillance radar with 270-degree coverage that can detect, classify and track multiple marine targets.