Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued Request for Quotation (RFQ) for Surveillance Radar Systems for its Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) for operations with the Indian navy and coastguard.

RFQ which has gone through, demands 3 Surveillance Radar Systems supplied within 10 months by the vendor and list out plans to procure 42 sets of Surveillance Radars Systems by 2021-22 period to fulfil 32 Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) helicopter order placed by Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) earlier this year.

Naval/Coastal variant of the Dhruv will be featuring a nose-mounted surveillance radar; roof-mounted forward-looking infrared (FLIR); starboard side, cabin-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun; radar console and operator’s seat; liferaft; and a loudhailer.

Naval/Coastal variant Dhruv will be identical and will be shared 16 each by each force to maintain a vigil along the country’s maritime borders and exclusive economic zones. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) also operated 4 Dhruv Mk I version which was extensively used for Search and Rescue missions, New advanced Dhruv MkIII version will have a glass cockpit, enhanced performance, better interior and Surveillance Radar Systems which would enhance their capabilities to monitor the seas manifold.

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