Indian Naval Air Squadron 325, operating ALH MK III aircraft, commissioned

Andaman: Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 325, operating the locally built ALH MK III aircraft, was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Lt. Gen. Ajai Singh, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar during an impressive ceremony held at INS Utkrosh, Port Blair on 31 May 2022.

The newly inducted plane flew over the Andaman Islands for the first time earlier this year and was officially inducted on January 28. The unit is the second ALH MK III squadron commissioned into the Indian Navy.

In an effort to enhance maritime security, the indigenous aircraft Advanced Light Helicopter MK III was formally inducted into INS Utkrosh by Lieutenant General Ajai Singh, Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) in Port Blair on January 28, 2022.

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To date, more than 300 of these aircraft have been delivered by HAL and are flown by the armed forces. Among its variants, the MK III variant is a maritime role variant encompassing advanced sensors and weapons that add punch to India’s prowess at sea. The aircraft would not only boost military capabilities in the region but would be also able to provide assistance to local administration should the need arise. The helicopter has a surveillance radar, EO/FLIR, homer, high intensity searchlight and a removable medical intensive care unit for the air ambulance role.

The ALH MK III aircraft is equipped with a glass cockpit, Shakti engines, advanced maritime patrol radar, electro-optical payload and night vision device.

Andaman and Nicobar Command is India’s only joint theater command.

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Lieutenant General Ajai Singh congratulated INS Utkrosh on this momentous occasion. He highlighted the role of the Indian Armed Forces during the recent national crisis and highlighted the outstanding service that the ALH has rendered in recent years, especially during relief operations in India and abroad.

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