The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), made by India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) for the Indian Army, received the initial operational clearance (IOC) from the military aviation regulator Camila on Friday.
“The army variant of the LUH received the IOC from Camila in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh on the 13th addition of aero India 2021 Expo at the Yelahanka airbase.
LuH light multirole helicopter was developed in India as part of a large-scale program to create its own technologies and reduce dependence on the supply of imported equipment. The machine was created from scratch by HAL Corporation. Its design uses some finished nodes and units,
LUH has a maximum take-off weight of 3.2 tons. The helicopter is equipped with a single Shakti engine, produced under the license of the French company Safran. This power plant can develop a shaft capacity of up to 750 kilowatts. The flight range of the new Indian helicopter is 350 kilometers. LUH can carry up to six passengers at a speed of 220 kilometers per hour.
The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), the latest rotor platform to fly out of the hangars of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has hit the headlines with its stunning performance during the recent trials at Himalayas.
The need for LUH was felt after the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force sought a platform in the three-tonne class to carry out missions at the high altitudes of Himalayan and Glacier regions, given their strategic importance.