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Second Prototype of Light Utility Helicopter Completes Maiden Flight

The second prototype of the Light Utility Helicopter, LUH PT2, has successfully completed its first flight by flying smoothly for 22 minutes in Bengaluru. The second prototype is the improved version of the PT1, which undertook its first flight on September 6, 2016 and later in the Aero India 2017 show in February.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is developing the three-tonne-class LUH as a reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft for military and civili users.  HAL is expected to finalize the helicopter’s design by the this year end. After getting necessary certificates the HAL will manufacture the aircraft and its components in its facility coming up in Tumakuru. The aircraft is being manufactured by the HAL as a part of its Make in India campaign in rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

Light Utility Helicopter

LUH is being designed to fly 350 km non stop at a speed of 220 kmph. The aircraft is capable of reaching a maximum height of 6.5 Km and can carry a payload of 400 kg. The engine of LUH is capable of delivering 750 KW of power and will permit flight operations at an altitude as high as 6,500 metres (21, 325 feet) and thus permitting the aircraft to fly to India’s highest posts in Siachen Glacier Sector.

The light utility helicopter (LUH) will replace the obsolescent fleet of Chetak and Cheetah helicopters that have been in use for more than three decades. Apart from military use, LUH is also being developed to capture a sizeable share in both domestic and international market.

HAL’s helicopter division has already designed two successful indigenous programmes- the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). 

 

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HAL gets membership of APAQG with voting rights

State owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has granted prestigious membership of Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) under category ‘Full Member with voting rights’.

With this India becomes seventh nation to join the APAQG under the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG). Other nations of APAQG are South Korea, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.

Key Facts

  • With this HAL is now a part of Global Quality team dedicated to bring improvements in the Aerospace Quality.
  • The membership allows HAL to participate in international forums and contribute to the development and revision of current and new quality Standards
  • It also enables HAL to have access to various Quality System Standards and other guidelines developed by IAQG.
  • For becoming part of IAQG, HAL has to be a member of APAQG and then graduate to IAQG as a voting member by virtue of being an OEM in India.

About International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)

  • The IAQG is an international non-profit cooperative global organisation that brings aviation, defence and space companies together to deliver more value at all levels of supply chain.
  • It establishes and maintains Quality Management System standards (9100 series) and controls the certification system.
  • The IAQG comprises Europe (EAQG), Americas (AAQG) and Asia-Pacific (APAQG) sectors.

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HAL successfully tests Light Utility Helicopter

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has successfully conducted a technical flight of the new indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).

The flawless test was conducted by HAL engineers and technicians in the air for 15 minutes inside the HAL complex in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Key Facts

  • Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is eight-seater chopper under development for the armed forces.
  • It has a maximum All-Up-Weight (AUW) of 3,150 Kgs and fitted with Safran HE Ardiden-1U engine of 750 KW power.
  • It has with a range of 350 Kms and service ceiling of 6.5 Kms. It can operate from sea level to high altitudes of Himalayas.
  • It has been designed to carry out various utility roles such as reconnaissance, transport, cargo load, quick response and special operation.
  • It can also be used for ferrying VVIPs, as air ambulance, for policing and to search, rescue and evacuate people.

Note: HAL has already developed four highly popular models of helicopters under its belt.  Its product range includes, Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), multi-role seven seater Chetak Helicopter, Light combat helicopter (LCH) Cheetah and Lancer, anti-insurgency, close air support chopper.

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