Eastern region of Indian Coast Guard, inducted the indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter( ALH) Mark III on June 20, 2022.

Key Facts

  • Advanced Light Helicopter is the first aircraft of newly created “ 840 Squadron ”.
  • It’ll be positioned in the Coast Guard Region East.
  • Capabilities of the first ALH MK- III aircraft would enhance the operational footprint of Unit.

Where will the aircraft be stationed?
The new aircraft will be stationed at Chennai, which is the headquarters of Eastern Region of Coast Guard. Three more Advanced Light Helicopter will be added to inventory of ‘ 840 Squadron ’ soon.

Water cannon salute
The Advanced Light Helicopter Mark III was received at the Coast Guard Air Station in Chennai, with ‘ water cannon salute ’.
Features of the aircraft
Coast Guard achieved a multifield capability of Beyond Visual Range discovery, by stationing the aircraft in Chennai.
Multifield capability has been achieved by using state- of- the- art radar integrated with long range imaging as well as by identifying the Automatic Identification System and Electro Optical Pod.
It’s also is equipped to carry target neutralisation, and to use its mounted heavy machine gun.
Through concerted aerial efforts, the aircraft will address India’smulti-faceted marine interests within Exclusive Economic Zone( EEZ).

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