Ecuador cuts Dhruv helicopter contract with HAL after 4 crashes

QUITO (Ecuador): Ecuador says it’s unilaterally ending a contract with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which sold seven military helicopters to the South American nation.

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At least four of the Dhruv helicopters delivered between 2009 and 2012 have crashed. One was assigned to transport President Rafael Correa, though he wasn’t in the aircraft at the time.

Defence Minister Fernando Cordero announced the action during a news conference on Wednesday. He said two of the crashes were caused by mechanical failures. The three remaining Dhruv have been grounded.

Ecuador earlier complained that the Indian company had failed to ship some parts for the helicopters, which were bought for a total of $45.2 million.

HAL’s website says the multi-role Dhruv can carry as many as 12 passengers and two crewmembers. Nepal and Mauritius also operate Dhruv.

7 Comments

  1. Dear readers,

    A big blow to Modi’s ‘Make in India’.This comes Modi’s government decided to induct LCA into to the Indian Air Force(IAF).

    The NDA government has cleared around 40 new defence acquisition proposals, worth over Rs 1 lakh crore, setting a scorching pace over the last one year.

    But the follow-through has been relatively slow to ensure the proposals swiftly head towards inking of actual contracts or turn into concrete projects on the ground. The new much-touted defence procurement policy (DPP) is yet to be finalised, there is still some uncertainty over the entire “Make in India” thrust, and the annual defence budget has not registered any concrete hike.

    In neighbouring Pakistan has made its first acknowledged operational strike using its indigenously built Burraq armed UAV, which analysts say shows a higher than expected level of sophistication in the military’s real-time targeting capabilities.Recently revealed details concerning China’s Shenyang J-31 fighter suggest that the aircraft not only looks like the Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), but it also offers comparable aerodynamic performance.

    Pro modi ‘Make in india’ government forcing the IAF obsolete down the throat.The ‘made in India’ Scorpio by Mahindra is among Mr. Modi’s favourite vehicles – he used it throughout his campaign for 2014 General Elections.Has he said boycott foreign goods? For god’s sake Modi hasn’t started Swadeshi Movement. It’s Make In India campaign which promotes making products in India, its not the early 20th century where we need to boycott foreign made goods to gain our independence.

    Narendra Modi Ditches Mahindra Scorpio for an Armoured BMW 7-Series
    http://auto.ndtv.com/news/narendra-modi-ditches-mahindra-scorpio-for-an-armoured-bmw-7-series-389781

    The Indian Army has decided to phase-out Maruti Gypsy from its inventory with Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari in the race to replace the vehicle under a project expected to cost the force more than Rs 3,000 crore.

    The technology in which Prime Minister of India does not trust despite Anand Mahindra, CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra offering armoured retrofit will save the lives of combat personnel in the forward position?

    https://www.quora.com/If-Narendra-Modi-promotes-Make-in-India-then-why-does-he-use-a-BMW-car-for-commuting

    Digital India,Make in India while ‘Swadeshi movement’ of Mahatma Gandhi is rebranded and Indian markets are flooded with Made in China.

    Jai Hind

    • Shaikh Rizwan Mohd.,

      Pakistan is famous for Afghan cream, Rooh Afza syprup, items made from Onyx marble and is a workshop and conveyor belt for terrorists. Further, it is a haven for all international terrorists who, in return, pay good monies to top Pakistani politicians and military officers for providing haven, beautiful houses and round-the-clock security.

      Do not tell me that Pakistan is an industrialized country and a leading economy? If that is what you think, then you are living in a dream, fantasy or cuckoo land.

  2. Sharia Shaikh has a strange condition that makes him respond to a report with unrelated topics!!! For example, this report is on ‘Dhruv’ helicopters delivered between 2009 and 2012. Shri Modi-ji came to power only in 2014. Again, this is not about Congress or BJP. We all want India to produce high-quality products. However, sharia shaikh responds with his one-point agenda!! Is this the direct result of blindly following some tribal views?

  3. O. R. Pai-maam, namaskara.

    How can you expect Sharia Shaikh to have a normal logical condition (other than a strange condition), when the first part of his name itself is based on strange & beyond any logic for normal human sense.

  4. I wish the only defence expert in our forum, Mr. Nelson Lewis will comment on this story as well as on the Sharia views expressed by our Sharia Shaikh of this EYT forum!

    • I wish the only defence expert in our forum, Mr. Nelson Lewis will comment on this story as well as on the Sharia views expressed by our Sharia Shaikh of this EYT forum! – Mr Bhat

      With all due respect, err.. was that “defence expert”, that you said? And what exactly are the experts credentials? Say, some solid 20 – 30 years in the Armed Forces? I doubt if he could differentiate between a bolt and a nut, let alone a 2-stroke engine and an Aviation Turbine! Lol!

      And with EVEN more due respect, now, please don’t tell me that using some food-coupons in some US Base in Bahrain qualifies one to be a “defence expert”!

      Or, is the case like……….. ?

      Lol….Man… I have missed your wholesome Jokes. Welcome back. 🙂 Along with our Rampu.. life is sure gonna be fun!

      More Jokes, Bhattre. 🙂

  5. For example, this report is on ‘Dhruv’ helicopters delivered between 2009 and 2012. Shri Modi-ji came to power only in 2014. -Atheist Mr.Original pai

    Sir,Is Modi’s BJP and Vajpayee BJP is different?The coalition was in power from 1998 to 2004 under Vajpayee.The Dhruv entered service in 2002.r

    The Modi’s NDA government has cleared around 40 new defence acquisition proposals, worth over Rs 1 lakh crore, setting a scorching pace over the last one year.Modi used Mahindra for 10 years when was Chief Minister of Gujarat.When he became Prime Minister he ditched ‘Made in India’ for ‘Made in Germany’ BWMs.However ‘made in India’ Mahindra is continued to serve the Indian Armed forces.

    Modi is onc hand drum mythology based pseudo science and other hand talks about ‘Digital India’. The rest of India saffron fanatics are driving India to stone age even denying choice of eating.In a significant twist Modi government decided to lift porn ban to respect censorship and freedom.

    “Glad that porn and Maggi have been declared safe on the same day!!!”

    Is Modi ready to wear ‘Make in India’ Khadi or continuing wearing Nehru Kurta with monograms?

    Jai Hind

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