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  1. 1


    Gr8 news shiv..Hope this will pave way for more contracts for HAL..Amen

  2. 2


    Very modest, but crucial start into the export business. It is the confidence more than the dollars that matters here!!

  3. 4


    Great news!
    Seems this time we tore through the designs of pressure groups that spoiled the Chile deal!!
    Way to Go! Now give us the LCH in time!

  4. 5


    did they rectify the navy variant our navy is whining about!..vibration problems and stuff.. in high density atmosphere..

  5. 6


    What’s comatose in Sam Bahadur’s context ??

  6. 7


    Shiv why are flashing this one-day old ‘purana khabar’ ?

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    Mr. Aroor, it may not be “surprising”, that Manu Pubby of the Indian Express has not reported this epoch making milestone of Indian military aviation.

    Keeping aside Indian Express’ bias above, it is indeed gratifying to know that ‘Made in India’ choppers will “slice through the air” above the Andes ranges in Ecuador and Peru. Although some of the avionics installed will be European, HAL is likely to begin manufacturing similar systems in a few years’ time. India must utilize the sale of Dhruv helicopters to these 2 nations as a “marketing tool” to further it’s sales in other markets also.

    It may be beneficial to enter such emerging markets of developing countries where the helicopter market may have a significant potential. Foregoing political lobbying like in Chile’s case, the primary and foremost concern of nations like Peru and Ecuador will be low-cost yet high quality helicopters, which no other nation currently provides. European helicopters may have the same quality but they are also expensive, whereas Chinese helicopters may be cheap, but equally cheap in quality also.

    In fact, HAL may also enter the European and US markets, whose companies may recall the Dhruv from Farnborough and ILA Berlin. A marketing JV with Elbit may be beneficial, as Israel’s IAI (the official marketing agency) has proven indifferent so far, with all the promotion in S. America having been done by HAL and IAF only.

    It may also be noted that Press Trust of India, for the first time used positive phrases and “eloquent” descriptions of the Dhruv’s sale to Peru. It rightly acknowledged, “Indian aviation history”, and the Dhruv “making waves” at International Air-shows. Earlier, PTI never used adjectives to describe any positive event in Indian indigenous defence and chose to be purposefully ‘neutral’.

    Thank you.

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    Eat that Aroor!!! theres the answer to your incessant and irritating HAL-bashing!!


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