Dhruv to enthral spectators

AERIAL MANOEUV-RES by the indigenously-made Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), also called Dhruv (Pole star), will be one of the highlights of the aerial feast planned by the Indian Air Force over the Shanghumughom beach in the city from August 28 to 31.

Dhruv has flown extensively in diverse terrains ranging from hot tropical deserts to the great Himalayan ranges, according to an official press note. The display team is called `Sarang', which means `peacock' in Sanskrit, and will comprise three helicopters carrying out manoeuvres in formation.

The Sarang team, headed by Wing Commander Hari Nair, recently won acclaim for its performance in Singapore and Chile.

Dhruv has high military capabilities including those for heliborne assault, logistic support, casualty evacuation, reconnaissance and training and for functioning as an air observation post.

The Dhruv is a multi-role, multi-mission, new generation helicopter in the 5.5 tonne weight class. The civil version of Dhruv carries forward the ruggedness of the military one.

It can carry six passengers in the executive version and 12 in the passenger version, the press note adds.

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