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Ecuador loses another Dhruv helo to crash

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  1. omya

    omya Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    As the only export customer of the type, Ecuador has now lost four of its seven Dhruv helicopters to accidents. India, which manufactures and also operates the helicopter (pictured), has grounded the Dhruv on several occasions over safety concerns. Source: HAL

    The Ecuadorian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) lost a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv utility helicopter to a training accident in late January, the second to be lost this month and the fourth since deliveries began in 2009.

    The accident, which is reported to have occurred on 27 January (the Ministry of Defence has yet to confirm it), happened near the town of Tena in the remote interior of the country.

    According to the reports, there were no casualties among the four personnel on board.

    Ecuador signed the agreement with HAL in 2008 for seven Dhruv helicopters at a cost of USD45 million. These were to be delivered in kit form and assembled in Ecuador, but this plan was later abandoned with the aircraft instead being manufactured in India.

    In FAE service the Dhruv is operated by 2211 Combat Squadron, 22 Combat Wing (221 Combat Group), based at Simón Bolivar Airbase.

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    With this accident, the FAE has lost more than half of its Dhruv fleet in less than five years of operations. The first aircraft was lost on 28 October 2009, the second on 22 February 2014, the third on 13 January 2015, and the most recent reportedly on 27 January 2015. While at least one of these incidents has been attributed to pilot error, a loss rate of close to 60% is significant.

    Dhruv crashes have not just been confined to Ecuador, the type's only export customer. India has also suffered multiple losses since introducing the type into service with its armed forces in 2002. Indeed, India has grounded its entire fleet on several occasions following crashes.

    Whatever the findings of this latest accident turn out to be, the Dhruv cannot afford many more of these unfortunate incidents if future export sales are not to be adversely affected.

    Ecuador loses another Dhruv helo to crash - IHS Jane's 360
     
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    Gessler BANNED BANNED

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    Well, the Dhruv's fate as a potential export prospect in competitive markets is pretty much sealed.

    As usual, HAL and the other PSUs (& DRDO), as well as the MoD are to blame. One chance to become a recognized player
    in the global helicopter industry, and they so dearly lost it.

    No one's gonna buy this now...not with the only export customer losing more than half the fleet within 6 years.
     
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    It depends on how they lost the helicopters. The first one was pilot error. What about the other three?
     
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    Also, what models were Ecuador given? Seems like the current version (Mk.3, with Shakti engine) started being delivered in 2012, while Ecuador's copters were delivered from 2009, so they must have an older version. It's very negative advertising in any case.
     
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    :facepalm::facepalm::facepalm::(:(:(o_Oo_Oo_O OH MY GOAT Equador too.
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    MoD needs to curtail Dhruv exports ASAP.

    The ones donated to Maldives,Nepal etc need to be taken back.
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    The 3rd crash

     
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    sam2012 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    HAL needs to answer on this if it really has business interest 60% accident rate is not acceptable did this happen due to poor maintenance and shortage of spares??? HAL needs to come up with solution
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    HAL will learnt the hard way that in the world there is competition and you can't get away by selling junk like HAL sells junk to IAF because it is in monopoly position and IAF is forced by political pressure to buy HAL junk
     
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