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Dhruv back in the skies with new tail rotors: HAL

India's indigenous pride, the Advanced Light helicopter, Dhruv, is back flying in the skies.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 13:53 IST

India's indigenous pride, the Advanced Light helicopter, Dhruv, is back flying in the skies, Hindustan Aeronautics Chairman AK Baweja said on Friday.

He also said that the company was poised to roll out country's first Advanced light gunship.

"Most of the Dhruv grounded for the past two months after complaints of problems in the tail rotor are back in the skies" Baweja said adding that the choppers were now sporting "new tail rotors".

"Advanced Light helicopters which were grounded for mandatory safety checks are now taking to skies at the rate of 12 per month", the HAL chairman said.

Firmly rejecting reports that HAL had received any cancellation of orders for the choppers, Baweja said his company was pressing ahead with full speed for meeting firm orders for 72 Advanced light helicopters from the three services, Army, Navy and Air Force.

He also said that HAL was also pressing ahead for bidding for Chilean Armed forces order for light helicopters as also interest shown by Turkish armed forces in Dhruv's.

On the efforts to develop an indigenous Advanced Light attack helicopter, the HAL Chairman said that work on the project had been started and he expected the first prototype to roll out within the next two years. He said the gunships would be of six tonne class.