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HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter clears 6-km flight test

HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter clears 6-km flight test

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has cleared the milestone of flying at 6 km altitude in Bangalore recently. The flight was carried out under the envelope expansion tests and flying at 6 km altitude is a critical requirement towards the certification of LUH.

LUH

The LUH is a 3-ton class new generation helicopter designed and developed by Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) of HAL to replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters used by Indian Armed Forces.

HAL has in principal order for 187 LUH that includes 126 for Indian Army and 61 for IAF.

The LUH is being indigenously developed by HAL to meet the requirements of both military and civil operators. The helicopter with Glass Cockpit can be deployed for Reconnaissance, Surveillance roles and as a light transport helicopter. 

The helicopter will be capable of flying at 220 Kmph, with a service ceiling of 6.5 Km and a range of 350 Km with 400 kg payload. 

 

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