Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is reportedly looking for another domestic defense manufacturer to produce its Dhruv, according to The Economic Times. This would reportedly be the first time HAL shares technology with a private entity for mass production of a military aircraft.
According to the report, this decision was made in line with the Indian government’s efforts to promote the domestic defense industry. HAL has not yet identified a manufacturer.
The Dhruv advanced light helicopter is offered in several different variants. Three are designated utility vehicles, with one suited for high-altitude operations. The other, ALH Mk.II, is the combat variant, which can perform attack operations, close air support and high-altitude operations.
HAL is also currently occupied with other developing projects, including the Light Utility Helicopter. The second prototype of that model made its maiden flight in May. The first took its first flight September 2016.