In order to enhance the maritime capabilities in the country, one of the Indian Coast Guard advanced light helicopter has been added. Indian Coast Guard An official of the Indian Coast Guard said that VS Pathania was inducted into his convoy in Bhubaneswar, Odisha today. The most advanced version of the upgraded Light Helicopter will now enhance the maritime capabilities of the Coast Guard along the coasts of West Bengal and Odisha and beyond.

Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) specializes in being an indigenous helicopter manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under the ‘Make in India’ campaign. And this is a two-engine helicopter.

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Surveillance capabilities in maritime security to be strengthened

Earlier, the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard (ICJ) on Saturday visited the North East Zone Headquarters in Kolkata and reviewed the infrastructure projects undertaken in West Bengal, where a squadron of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk-III was deployed. The participation of this squadron is aimed at strengthening the maritime security surveillance capabilities of the Indian Coast Guard.

Director General of the force Virender Singh Pathania will make his maiden visit to the ICG Zone (NE) from April 7 to 11 to review the operational preparedness and status of ongoing infrastructure development projects in the Indian coastal states of West Bengal and Odisha. The Director General was briefed about the ICG operations during his visit to the Kolkata Headquarters on Saturday. During his address, he briefed the ICG officials on policy review, upcoming developments in infrastructure, fleet augmentation and international cooperation initiatives.

Kolkata to Bhubaneshwar shift due to space constraints

Meanwhile, Director General Pathania also met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday and briefed him about various operational aspects and the latest developments in the Indian Coast Guard, especially in West Bengal. According to a Coast Guard official, to enhance the Coast Guard’s air capability in the region, the Director General will induct a squadron of ALH Mk III helicopters based at Bhubaneswar due to space constraints in Kolkata.