HAL exports ALH Mk3 helicopters to Mauritius
India signed an agreement with Mauritius in January 2022 to export the ALH Mk3 helicopters to the country. In accordance with the agreement, HAL recently delivered an ALH Mk3 chopper. The helicopter is to be used by Mauritian Police Force. In future, HAL will provide technical and maintenance support for the helicopters.
About ALH Mk III
It is a multi-role helicopter. The chopper had proven its roles in several life-saving missions and also during natural calamities. To date, India had produced more than 335 such helicopters. ALH stands for Advanced Light Helicopter. It is one of the advanced helicopters of the Indian Air Force. It has Electro optical sensors, a full glass cockpit, Shakti engines, searchlights with high intensity, etc. In June 2022, these helicopters were commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard operating in the Gujarat coastal areas.
The delivery will boost the ties between India and Mauritius. The country is important for India for its geopolitical location in the Indian Ocean. Also, such delivery aids India in achieving its defence exports target. India has set a target of 5 billion USD in exports by 2025.