Dhruv helicopters fly high in Uttarakhand

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    Dhruv helicopters fly high in Uttarakhand | The Hindu

    Prove their mettle dropping paratroopers in some of the most inaccessible areas

    Four Dhruv helicopters pressed into service by the Army in flood-hit Uttarakhand have proved their mettle in carrying out relief operations and dropping paratroopers in some of the most inaccessible areas. They have been focussing on the Gaurikund-Kedarnath region. Rescue work assumed urgency as the India Meteorological Department on Thursday forecast more rains in the Himalayan State from June 24 to 28. IMD Director-General L.S. Rathore said the next wet spell was likely to see light to moderate rainfall.

    Launching one of the biggest rescue operations in Uttarakhand, the Army has mobilised nearly 8,100 troops, as it simultaneously reached out to thousands of stranded people in four regions — Rishikesh-Uttarkashi-Harsil-Gangotri; Rudraprayag-Kedarnath; Joshimath-Badrinath and Dharchula-Tawaghat in Pithoragarh district.

     
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    Army aviation need expansion..
     
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    Massive rescue ops by defence forces in rain-ravaged U'khand | Business Standard


    So effectively it appears that the Dhruv has been quite literally a saviour for the Army.
     
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    Very true!! the more I watch these rescue operations the more I am convinced that the Army is best having a bigger aviation set-up.Its not only in war that these copters are going to be used in the future. India's civilain Disaster Response teams are to say shortly not up to the challenge currently.

    Also you simply cannot miss the presence of the Dhruv in these operations. They are there around every where ...rescueing people...ferrying paras ....building material etc...

    This has in its clearest sense been a coming of age for the dhruv with regards to its operational role in the Army. Good endurance for low fuel consumption comparitively and ferrying much more than the Cheetas...its proved as a Helicopter truly built for the Himalayas.
     
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    Time for us to create an EMERCOM on similar lines like Russia :)
     
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    Apna maal apna hota hai. Buying from foreign vendors is neither a solution nor beneficial nor wise. I will compliment much maligned DRDO and HAL for this. Taste of pudding lies in eating it. Dhruv has proven itself.
     
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    If only they could have found a way to fold the Dhruv rotors... then we could have had them on our ACs & LPDs as well, replacing the rusky ones :sad:

     
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    I know, they have been trying, bu not succeeded yet... The rotors can now be folded manually, not automatically. Naval chief made his displeasure known a few months back on this...

    Will search for the link...

     
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    Yes sir very true ....The Hercules and the Dhruv have been among the major revelations in this tragedy.
    Saw a video of the hercules landing at a field with pressed mud rather than even a proper hard ground. Awesome capability that aircraft has got. Many people where sceptical about this buy few years back(me included) because of the price tag. I was for actually upgrading the AN-32 fleet rather than going for a entirely new family of aircraft. But it seems that i got it wrong.
    Also as for the Dhruv we what can we say.....In ALMOST every picture that we get of this tragedy we have the Dhruv in the background. At more than half up the height of the Everest and still going strong at full load and capacity and also doing non-stop sorties...well mud on the face of the critics for indigenous programs.
    Below is the Dhruv landing on a pad actually constructed with uneven Debris!!
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    then it wont be much of Light helicopter. You want everything that is on the Heavy helicopter at the price and structure of light helicopter. The very fact that it has folding blades speaks for itself. May be @Decklander sir will throw more light on the matter, why automatic folding blades are require in AC.
     
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    It is not necessory to have automatic blade fold system but blades must be folded to save space and park the helo in the hanger. Chetak operated by navy has manual blade fold system.
     
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    Something tells me that even LCA would be a similar success (though muted & low-key success), notwithstanding the delays & hiccups.
     
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    Auto fold system would add 100kgs to the frame...

    Broadsword: The Indian Navy’s Dhruv: falling between two stools

     
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