Indigenously built ALH MK III enters naval service
The Mk III version of the ALH will be used for search and rescue operations and coastal surveillance
India’s effort to strengthen its armed forces received a boost when Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 323, the first unit of the indigenously built ALH Mk III aircraft, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on Monday.
The squadron will operate three state-of-the-art ALH Mk III, a multirole helicopter with Shakti engine manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The Mk III version of the ALH has an all glass cockpit and will be used for search and rescue, special operations and coastal surveillance.
As many as 16 aircraft are under procurement and the aircraft are being delivered in a phased manner to the Indian Navy.
INAS was commissioned in the presence of Raksha Rajya Mantri Shripad Naik and Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, at INS Hansa, Goa on 19 Apr 21.
Addressing the gathering, Raksha Rajya Mantri said that the commissioning of INAS 323 marked yet another milestone in the efforts towards enhancing maritime security and safeguarding maritime interests of the nation, as also embodying the spirit of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
INAS 323 is commanded by Cdr Samik Nundy, an accomplished and experienced ALH pilot with extensive operational experience.