Coast Guard Inducts 3 Advanced Light Mk-III Helicopters
State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Saturday stated three Advanced Light Helicopters ALH Mk-III, manufactured by it, had been inducted into the stables of the Indian Coast Guard. These helicopters, that are a part of ALH Mk-III programme, might be positioned in Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi and might be a part of totally different Coast Guard Aviation Squadrons, HAL stated in a launch. It stated the induction happened within the presence of Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, in a digital program that was held concurrently on the Indian Coast Guard Headquarters in Delhi and at Helicopter MRO Division of HAL in Bengaluru.
The Director General, Indian Coast Guard, Ok Natarajan and R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, had been current on the event. Mr Ajay Kumar stated the delicate helicopters being handed over at present might be a recreation changer for the operational functionality of ICG within the instances to return.
“The state-of-the-art Helicopters with advanced sensors will enable ICG to take up challenging tasks. This is for the first time Performance Based Logistics is being introduced in the Indian aviation sector, which is a modern management practice and will increase operational and maintenance efficiency,” he stated.
HAL stated these helicopters are geared up with state-of-the artwork gear like Surveillance Radar, Electro Optic Pod, Medical Intensive Care Unit, High Intensity Search Light, SAR Homer, Loud Hailer, Machine Gun and may carry out different key roles.
The Helicopter MRO Division is the nodal company for execution of PBL contract, together with Engine Division and different Sister Divisions of HAL, it stated.
Mr Madhavan stated with this contract, HAL is embarking on a brand new journey of Performance Based Logistics (PBL), which is able to guarantee desired ranges of availability of ALH Mk-III fleet of ICG for six and half years, a novel function of this contract and a primary of its variety in HAL. Noting that HAL has been essentially the most trusted accomplice within the development of the ICG aviation fleet, delivering multi-role and extremely succesful platforms, Mr Natarajan stated the induction of ALH Mk-III in difficult instances bears a testomony to the resilience of HAL and ICG.
“These helicopters will usher a paradigm shift in the capability in ship borne operations and enhance coastal surveillance. Indian Coast Guard is also the first service to have a Performance Based Logistics management system introduced in aviation to ensure Helicopter Availability at four bases,” he added.
According to HAL,the PBL will present a one cease answer for upkeep of full helicopter, engine and parts which encompasses Helicopter/Engine Servicing Task, Rotable Repair Task (RRT) and Repair and Maintenance Spares Order (RMSO).
As a part of PBL, Helicopter MRO Division of HAL might be extending the help from 4 bases — Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi.
All needed infrastructure and restore services are arrange at Bhubaneswar and Porbandar, devoted LRU/ Rotable floats are stocked and on-site help workforce has been recognized in the direction of guaranteeing the supply of helicopters, whereas Chennai and Kochi are within the remaining phases, HAL stated.
In addition, HAL Aviation Maintenance Software (HAMS), a web-based on-line platform has been developed and deployed by Helicopter MRO Division for actual time monitoring and operational visibility of the fleet by a devoted leased line community, it added.
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