Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Broadsword quiz... How does one visually differentiate between this Dhruv Mk III and the earlier models?

A Dhruv Mark III, painted in army camouflage colours, ready for delivery at HAL, Bangalore.

Brownie points for those who can fully list out the improvements in the Mk III over the earlier Dhruv

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

the air intakes for the engines are different.

Anonymous said...

The easiest way to indentify the Mark iii version is to look for the blue plastic crate located under the belly.

cujo

Anonymous said...

Air Intakes.

Anonymous said...

4 blades on propeller

Anonymous said...

I'll go with the milk crate under the fuselage... on second thought, I'll go with the different FOD screen on the intake.

Amit said...

first? (Oh and regarding the question, I'm curious but have no answer)

Anonymous said...

This is not Dhruv. It is LOH.

Abid said...

Mark 3 Dhruv has bifurcated air intake for its turboshaft engine. The separator is set horizontally in the air intake cowling.

Jateen Bhatt said...

It might be what looks like chaff or flare dispensers just behind the numbers, and there's a weird green thing sitting on top of the rear stabilizer.

fighterclass said...

the doors are different, as is the FOD mesh over the engine.

Anonymous said...

smaller tail fins

Anonymous said...

More powerful Shakti engine developed by Turbomeca.

san said...

Wire cutters on the fuselage

Anonymous said...

Flare dispensers right next to the serial number of the craft and I am suspecting MAWS too but cannot point to individual components on the body to say if they are!
Tail Rotor assembly seems to have been maniaturized although I might be seeing toom much into it
I am also guessing an new glass cockpit

Anonymous said...

by its sliding doors...

Anonymous said...

Just a humble suggestion to HAL on the Shakti equpped Dhruv IIIs meant for the Siachen Glacier.

1. Most of the people operating / servicing this machine will be wearing thick gloves, I hope that handles and grips are made to accomodate thick gloves.

2. Can HAL make the seats heated please?

3. There seem to be too many outcropping handles, grips, etc. Are these jugaad by HAL or do all internationally recognized helicopter manufacturers specially the western ones also have such things on their helicopter designs?

Anonymous said...

That apart, there is little doubt that the Dhruv III is the high altitude champion of the world.

Great going by HAL.

Anonymous said...

1) New Shakti turboshaft engines developed by HAL & Turbmeca
2) Chaff/flare dispensers
3) Advanced laser warning systems
4) Electronic Warfare Suite
5) Electro-Optic pods
6) Integrated Dynamic System (being audited by Avio)
7) Active Vibration Control System (by Lord Corp, USA)