Meet HAL Dhruv ALH Mk-IV: India-made advanced attack helicopter for IAF - IN PICS

Here's a detailed image gallery of the India-made advanced helicopters ALH-Dhruv Mk-IV used by IAF for Attack, Close Air Support and High altitude operations in India. 

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

The HAL-made Dhruv ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) is an indigenously built chopper used for multiple operations by the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.  

HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

The Mk-IV version of the HAL ALG Dhruv helicopter is the Armed variant for Attack, Close Air Support and High altitude operations.

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

Deliveries of the production series Dhruv helicopters commenced in 2002 and a total of 228 Helicopters have been produced by March 2017 including 216 for the Indian Armed Forces.

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

The Mk-III and Mk-IV versions of the ALH are powered by the Shakti Engine which has 12 % higher power than TM 333 2B2 engine used in Mk-1 and Mk-II series along with dual centrifugal compressor assembly, single crystal blades and dual channel FADEC.

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

The IAF, in a tweet, mentioned that the indigenous ALH Mk-IV has a rigid rotor design making it aggressively manoeuvrable & a precise platform in air. Fitted with modern avionics & equipped with lethal armament, it has a dedicated Electronic Warfare suite for self protection.

HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

The armed variant of the Dhruv is also called ALH Rudra and the Mk-IV series can carry a 20 mm Turret Gun, 70 mm Rocket and Air to Air Missile.

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

More than 200 Dhruvs are operating with Indian Defence Forces. Further, HAL bagged orders for 73 ALH in 2017 from Army, Coast Guard and Navy for ALH Mk-III & Mk-IV variants.  

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HAL ALH Mk-IV helicopter

India's world-famous IAF acrobatic team Sarang also flies the ALH (Dhruv) and was formed in October 2003 with the aim of showcasing the excellent agility, controllability & maneurability of ALH. The word Sarang means peacock in Sanskrit.

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