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 6:41:50 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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