Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered a Chetak helicopter. That helicopter is scheduled to the Indian Navy. The documents are handed over by S Anbuvelan, General Manager of Helicopter Division-HAL to Commodore Vikram Menon, VSM, CSO(Air), HQNA at an event held at HAL facilities. They entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August of 2017.
It is used for the supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of the first two in August 2019 and the rest in August 2020. The helicopters are fitted with the latest communication and navigation systems The company is committed to providing continuous support to the Chetak fleet.HAL and the Indian Navy have shared a long fruitful relationship.
Relationship of HAL with Indian Army
HAL produced the Chetak helicopters for the last five decades. It is under license from Eurocopter, France (now Airbus Helicopters). The first Chetak helicopter to the Indian Navy delivered way back in February of 1966.
These helicopters are used by the Navy for communication duties (passenger transport), cargo/ material transport, casualty evacuation, search and rescue, emergency medical services, electronic news gathering, anti-hijacking, offshore operation, and under-slung operation.
HAL produced more than 350 Chetak helicopters and delivered around 80 to the Indian Navy. Presently, 51 helicopters are flying with the Navy. The serviceability always remained high.