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INAS 324 Squadron

  • 05 Jul 2022
  • 2 min read

Why in News?

Recently, the Indian Navy commissioned a new Indian Naval Air Squadron 324 at eastern Naval Command.

  • It will enhance the surveillance capability on the Eastern Seaboard.

What are the Highlights of the INAS 324 Squadron?

  • The unit is the Eastern Seaboard's first Naval Squadron to use indigenously designed and built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III (MR) helicopters.
  • It has been named "KESTRELS", which are birds of prey and have good sensory capabilities, symbolising the aircraft's and air squadron's intended role.
  • The Squadron's insignia depicts a 'KESTREL' searching over vast blue and white sea waves, representing the Squadron's integral Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) role.
  • Its equipped with ALH MK III helicopters which have state-of-the-art equipment which includes modern surveillance radar and electro-optical sensors.

What is Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)?

  • It's an indigenously built helicopter manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
    • HAL is a public sector aircraft manufacturing company.
  • These helicopters are primarily used for Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) and Search and Rescue (SAR ) missions, but they can also be used for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations and Special Operations with Marine Commandos.
  • It also has an airborne Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) for use in the Air Ambulance role to facilitate the medical evacuation of critically ill patients.

Source: PIB

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