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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
27-February-2015 15:53 IST
To be Answered on the 27th February, 2015
Dhruva Helicopters

Pending findings of Court of Inquiry set up by Ministry of Defence, Ecuador, consisting of representatives from Ecuadorian Army and Navy into the cause of the two recent accidents of Dhruva, Ecuador Air Force has suspended flying their Dhruva Helicopters. A High Level Delegation from HAL has visited Ecuador and offered support.

Customer constitutes a Court of Inquiry to enquire into any accidents in military aircraft. Indian Air Force had constituted court of inquiries into all the three accidents of Dhruv helicopters. Based on the first court of inquiry into the accident of February, 2007 and the second accident in October, 2011 a Control Saturation Warning System has been developed which is progressively being fitted into the helicopters. The Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv is certified to International Standard as per DEF-STAN 00-0970 and nearly 200 Dhruv helicopters have been produced till date and are being operated by military and civil operators in India and abroad.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rahul Shewale and Shri Vinayak Bhaurao Raut in Lok Sabha today.

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