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First unit of the indigenously built ALH Mk-III commissioned in to the Indian Navy

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  • The first unit of the indigenously-built ALH Mk III aircraft INAS-323 commissioned in to Indian Navy

  • The squadron will operate the multirole state-of-the-art ALH Mk III helicopter with Shakti engine manufactured by HAL

New Delhi: Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 323, the first unit of the indigenously built ALH Mk-III aircraft, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in the presence of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar at INS Hansa, Goa on Monday.

Addressing the gathering, Naik said that the commissioning of INAS 323 marked yet another milestone in the efforts towards enhancing maritime security and safeguarding maritime interests of the nation, as also embodying the spirit of AtmaNirbhar Bharat.

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The squadron will operate three state-of-the-art ALH Mk III, a multirole helicopter with Shakti engine manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The Mk III version of the ALH has an all glass cockpit and will be used for Search and Rescue, Special Operations and Coastal Surveillance. 16 aircraft are under procurement and the aircraft are being delivered in a phased manner to the Indian Navy.

INAS 323 is commanded by Commander Samik Nundy, an accomplished and experienced ALH pilot with extensive operational experience.

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