India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a contract with Mauritius for the supply of a single Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
The contract was announced on January 19 and covers the upgraded Mk III version, which features an all-glass cockpit, integrated architecture display and automatic flight control systems. It will be piloted by the Mauritian police.
This is the second Dhruv for Mauritius after the Indian government loaned a single Dhruv to the country to boost the Coast Guard’s maritime surveillance capabilities.
HAL said the latest contract is in line with India’s vision to boost defense exports to friendly countries.
Over 335 ALHs have been produced to date.
The latest sale comes after HAL handed over a Dornier Do 228 turboprop aircraft in September last year to the Mauritius Coast Guard, which will lease it for maritime security duties. At the time, India’s High Commissioner to Mauritius, Nandini K Singla, said the aircraft was rented free of charge to Mauritius by the Indian Navy to support the current increase in air operations load, and that in 2022, HAL would deliver a brand new Do 228 to Mauritius (HAL manufactures the Do 228 in India). This aircraft is purchased via a line of credit between Mauritius and India.
In early 2021, the Indian government offered Mauritius a $100 million loan to fund the purchase of Indian-made aircraft and naval security equipment for the Mauritius Coast Guard.