Achieving another significant milestone, HAL on Monday, conducted a technical flight of the indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in Bengaluru.
The helicopter that was lifted at 12:10 pm and was in the air for about 15 minutes at the HAL facilities. The perfect flight was carried out by the test pilots of HAL.
The event marks an important and the most significant beginning for the prototype testing of the LUH, as this is the third indigenous helicopter product from HAL after ALH and LCH.
Apart from replacement of the ageing fleet of Cheetah / Chetak, LUH is expected to capture a substantial share both in the domestic and the international market.
The LUH has maximum All-Up-Weight (AUW) of 3150 Kgs, fitted with Safran HE Ardiden-1U engine which is of 750 KW power, with a range of 350 Km, service ceiling 6.5 Km, seating capacity of six passengers excluding two pilots.
The helicopter is designed to carry various utility roles such as reconnaissance, transport, cargo load and rescue the operations.
The helicopter can operate from the sea level to high altitudes of the Himalayas.