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HAL developed Light Utility Helicopter

Published on December 13, 2018
Indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has achieved an important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
HAL developed Light Utility Helicopter
  • The test was a critical requirement towards the certification of LUH.
  • Its first flight was carried in September 2016 and second Prototype was flown in May 2017.
  • The recent flight test was carried out under envelope expansion tests and helicopter exhibited satisfactory performance and handling qualities.
  • With the completion of this milestone, LUH can now undertake high altitude cold weather trials planned in January 2019.

About Light Utility Helicopter (LUH):

  • It is a 3-ton class new generation helicopter designed and developed indigenously Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) of HAL.
  • It will replace the ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters used by Indian Armed Forces.
  • It is capable of flying at 220 kmph, with a service ceiling of 6.5 km and a range of 350 km with 400 kg payload.
  • It is fitted with a glass cockpit and powered by TM/HAL Ardiden 1U/Shakti 1U single turbo shaft engine with sufficient power margins to cater to demanding high altitude missions.
  • It will meet requirements of both military and civil operators. 
  • It can be deployed for reconnaissance, surveillance roles and as a light transport helicopter.
  • HAL has in principal order for 187 LUH that includes 126 for Indian Army and 61 for IAF.

About Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL):

  • HAL is a state-owned aerospace and defence company based in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • It is governed under the management of the Union Defence Ministry.
  • It pursues high-end research and development to create the country's future aircraft and aeroengine technologies. 
  • 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.


Q. Indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) by which company has achieved an important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude in Bengaluru, Karnataka?
a. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
b. Hindustan Aerodynamics Limited (HAL)
c. Hindustan Aviation Limited (HAL)
d. None of the above

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