Contract Awarded for 20 THL 20 Turrets to Equip Indian ALH Helicopters
(Source: Nexter (formerly GIAT Industries); issued Dec. 20, 2006)
HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) has awarded a contract for the supply of 20 THL 20 turrets that will equip the Indian Armed Forces’ ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter). The order covers the development phase of 20 turrets. The first deliveries will take place in 2008.

This new contract strengthens our group's position in the field of weapon systems for helicopters.

Mounted under the ALH’s nose, the THL 20 is armed with a 20mm M 621 ultra-light and low-recoil force cannon which makes the turret lighter and provides it with high firepower capabilities. This turret features outstanding aiming accuracy that enables to engage air and land targets at very long range.

In the "Indian" version, the THL 20 turret is combined with a helmet sight, thus making it easier and quicker to use.

Inheriting the THL 30’s capabilities, the THL 20 turret already equips 24 Romanian Army IAR Brasov helicopters. To date, over one hundred and thirty THL 20 and THL 30 turrets have been ordered by France and for export.

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