HAL To Commence Commercial Production Of Light Utility Helicopter Soon
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HAL To Commence Commercial Production Of Light Utility Helicopter Soon

December 10, 2019

HAL To Commence Commercial Production Of Light
Utility Helicopter Soon. LUH manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
(HAL) has modified the second prototype based on feedback after testing the first prototype
on September 6, 2016. Further expansion flights are in progress. The helicopter has a maximum all-up weight
(AUW) of 3,150 kg, fitted with Safran HE Ardiden-1U engine of 750 KW power, with a range of 350
km and a seating capacity of six passengers plus two pilots. The helicopter will be capable of flying at
220 kph, with a service ceiling of 6.5 km. The helicopter can operate from sea level
to high altitudes of the Himalayas. “These maiden flights of indigenous aircraft
are a testimony to HAL’s rapid progress towards ‘Make in India’ campaign both in fixed and
rotary wing segments. These prototypes add strength to ongoing test
flights to achieve operational clearance cutting the time frame,” T. Suvarna Raju, chairman
and managing director, HAL, said. HAL is expected to freeze the helicopter configuration
by the end of this year following intense flight testing on both the prototype in the
months ahead. The LUH will be built at HAL’s new facility
at Tumakuru, where the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in
January last year. HAL estimates the Tumakuru plant will ship
about 30 LUHs annually, starting in 2019-20 and manufacture 60 helicopters per year from
2023. India’s state-owned HAL has been developing
3-ton class new generation helicopter to provide 187 LUH in overall requirements of more than
400 by the armed forces in this category. The helicopter with glass cockpit will be
deployed for reconnaissance, surveillance roles and as a light transport helicopter. Earlier this month, India and Russia incorporated
a joint venture company, named India-Russia Helicopters Limited, to manufacture and assemble
much needed 140 multi-role helicopters for the Indian Air Force. Under the deal for 200 Kamov Ka-226Ts, 60
helicopters will be received in fly-away condition from Russia while another 40 will be assembled
in India and the remaining 100 fully built in India.

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