Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has made improvements to its Dhruv after a spate of crashes involving the units sold to Ecuador, The Financial Express reported today, citing the government.
The government acknowledged “the problems that have dogged the aircraft maker and strained its ties with the South American country,” the Indian newspaper said. It noted that Ecuador last year unilaterally ended a contract with HAL after losing more than half of its fleet of the advanced light helicopters in accidents, saying Ecuador blamed poor quality of the Dhruvs.
The newspaper said India’s minister for state for defense, Rao Inderjit Singh, responded to a Parliament question, reported that Ecuador’s complaints had prompted India to launch a probe that has resulted in “required improvements/corrective measures” being implemented by Ecuador, HAL and its vendors.
Since 2002, The Financial Express said, 14 military and two civilian Dhruvs have suffered accidents (11 in India and five abroad).
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