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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