To boost ties, Narendra Modi presents advanced chopper to Nepal

The Dhruv Mark 3 is manufactured by state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

By: Press Trust of India | Kathmandu | Updated: November 25, 2014 6:41 pm
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, waves to the media as he is received by Nepalese Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, right, upon arrival at the Tribhuwan Airport. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, waves to media as he is received by Nepalese Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam on arrival at the Tribhuwan Airport.

Showing India’s commitment to strengthening ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday handed over to Nepal an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) which will be used for military operations.

“This will add to Nepal’s shield of protection,” Modi said.

The Dhruv Mark 3 is manufactured by state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

The Mark-3 is the latest version of the original Dhruv helicopter and comes equipped with Shakti engines, new electronic warfare (EW) suite and warning systems, automatic chaff and flare dispensers and improved vibration control system.

The helicopter, which can cost anywhere between Rs 60-80 crore, is currently exported to at least three other countries, including the Maldives and Ecuador.

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    dr bk
    Nov 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm
    Indigenous effort coming years India should export to foreign countries.kudos to indian engineers.after nano dhruv.best wishes R with U team dhruv.
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      GardenCityGuy
      Nov 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm
      One chopper is not headline material, good for footnote.
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      1. naidu kare
        Nov 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm
        Nepal is such a poor country that we need to donate food and toys for their kids before giving them helicopters
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          ron
          Nov 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm
          Support has to be ConditionalIt is positive step to improve relations with neighbors for stability at home. However, any aid given must be accompanied with well defined expectations and result oriented goals. Otherwise, it is of no use to the giver and the receiver. This has been seen again and again in context of countries from African continent, stan, and Afghanistan.US gives huge aid to stan but the relationship and the actions of stan are not in line with the expected outcomes. Similar is the story with humanitarian aid given to various countries in African content with less than desirable progress to demonstrate. All the investment went to a few peoples personal gainsdia needs to draft a well throughout plan when she is providing aid of any kind so that its desired outcome can be measured. This must be made known to the aid receiver so that they know what is expected else, it is like credit line with no limits and expectations.
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