Public Sector HAL delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to Indian Navy after it handed over the documents handed over to Commodore Vikram Menon, CSO(Air), HQNA by S Anbuvelan, General Manager of Helicopter Division-HAL in an event held at HAL facilities here on Wednesday, according to a HAL release here.
HAL has entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for the supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of first two in August 2019 and the remaining in August 2020.
Speaking on the occasion, HAL CMD R Madhavan said that “these helicopters are fitted with latest communication and navigation systems developed by HAL and the Company is committed to provide continuous support to the Chetak fleet.”
Commodore Menon said that “it is an honor to accept the first production helicopter one month ahead of schedule. We are aware of the vital role played by Chetak helicopters in Indian Naval aviation for the past five decades. HAL and the Indian Navy have shared a long fruitful relationship. We appreciate HAL’s commitment and look for continued support in the future”.
HAL Helicopter Complex, CEO G V S Bhaskar said that “HAL has successfully restarted the Chetak helicopter production line after incorporating latest technologies. We are committed to deliver the remaining seven helicopters as per the schedule”.
HAL is producing the Chetak Helicopters since last five decades under license from Eurocopter, France (now Airbus Helicopters) and the first Chetak helicopter to the Indian Navy was delivered way back in February 1966. These helicopters are used by Navy for communication duties (Passenger transport), Cargo/ Material transport, Casualty evacuation, Search & Rescue, Areal survey & Patrolling, Emergency medical services, electronic news gathering, Anti hijacking, Offshore operation and Under-slung operation.
HAL has so far produced more than 350 Chetak helicopters and delivered around 80 to the Indian Navy. Presently, 51 helicopters are flying with Navy and the serviceability has always remained high. HAL is supporting Navy for periodical servicing of these helicopters, clearance of spares, the deputation of teams for defect rectification and any other requirement for maintainability of these helicopters.