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SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

HAL plans to wrap up production of its Dhruv Helicopter and complete all orders placed by Indian armed forces in 2018. Latest Dhruv Mk-III version are currently been produced at 24 helicopters a year and all 159 ordered will be delivered by 2018.

According to industrial sources close to idrw.org, HAL might bag further smaller orders from Indian Army which might keep the production line open for next few years but gradually focus will now shift towards other indigenous helicopter projects like LUH, LCH and IMRH in future.

HAL also plans to develop a new Mk-V version which is improved Mk-III without weapons in hope of bagging further orders for its Dhruv helicopters. Mk-V version will get improved aerodynamics and improved avionics with some minor technical refinement to engines and gearbox.

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