HAL bags $10 mn order for Chetak, Cheetah from Namibia

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HAL bags $10 mn order for Chetak, Cheetah from Namibia- Airlines / Aviation-Transportation-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times

Giving an impetus to its export programme, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has bagged an $10 million order for supplying two Chetak
and one Cheetah light utility helicopters to the Namibian armed forces.

"HAL has bagged a new export order to supply Chetak and Cheetah helicopters to Namibia, a southern African nation," Defence Ministry sources said here today.

The deal with the Namibian Defence Ministry was signed in April this year and it came in the wake of series of export orders bagged by HAL for supply of Dhruv Advanced Light Utility Helicopters in the past one year.

Chetak is a multi-purpose, seven-seater helicopter and Cheetah is a light observation helicopter and both these platforms are used by the Indian Air Force and the Army's Aviation Corps.

These two helicopters are extensively used by the armed forces in the icy heights of Siachen, once the world's highest battlefield, where guns fell silent in 2003 after a ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan.

Chetak and Cheetah production at HAL began under a licenced agreement with Eurocopter in 1970. The helicopter division of HAL has so far produced nearly 350 Chetaks and 250 Cheetahs, mostly supplied to domestic customers, both the defence and civilian sector, and has exported a few of them.
 

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It seems to me that these helicopters are provided on Soft loan granted by Government of India. Since this days, rising inflation and economic downfall, such multipurpose choppers doesn't come cheaper.
 

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Good for HAL. Loan or not, at least we are exporting something big for a change. I say more exports, give out loan/freebies, spread the word and setup indigenous Indian arms factory. GO! GO! GO!
 

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India To Sell 3 Helos to Namibia


By vivek raghuvanshi
Published: 11 Jun 2009 10:43



NEW DELHI - India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has won an order from the Namibian armed forces for two Chetak and one Cheetah light utility helicopter for $10 million, an Indian Defence Ministry source confirmed.

The sale of the three helicopters comes after the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry last year withheld the export of the Indian-made Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) to Bolivia because its end use was for military purposes. The Indian government has allowed the sale of the ALH to Mauritius, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru and Turkey since 2004.

India's defense exports are marginal, totaling about $80 million annually, compared with about $6 billion in defense imports each year.

The Chetak is a multipurpose, seven-seat helicopter; the Cheetah is a light observation helicopter. Both are used by the Indian Air Force and the Army's Aviation Corps, especially in the upper reaches of the Himalayas.

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