Andaman: Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 325, operating the indigenously built DHRUV MK-III aircraft, was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Lieutenant General Ajai Singh, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar at an impressive ceremony held at INS Utkrosh, Port Blair on May 31, 2022.

The newly inducted aircraft flew for the first time over the Andaman Islands earlier this year and were officially inducted on January 28. The unit is the second DHRUV MK-III Squadron commissioned into the Indian Navy.
In a boost to maritime security, the indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter MK-III aircraft was formally inducted at INS Utkrosh by Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) Lieutenant General Ajai Singh at Port Blair on January 28, 2022.

Till date, over 300 of these aircraft have been delivered by HAL and are being flown by the Armed Forces. Amongst its variants, the MK-III variant is a maritime role variant encompassing state-of-the-art sensors and weapons that add punch to India’s prowess at sea. The aircraft would not only strengthen military capabilities in the region but also be able to provide assistance to the local administration in any need of the hour. The helicopter has a surveillance radar, EO/FLIR, homer, high-intensity searchlight and a removable medical intensive care unit for the air ambulance role.

The DHRUV MK-III aircraft is equipped with glass cockpit, Shakti engines, advanced Maritime Patrol Radar, Electro–optical payload and Night Vision Device.