Light Utility Helicopter obtains initial authorization of operation, is completed with the indigenous helicopter program

BENGALURU: The PSU of Defense (HAL) said Friday that it received the Initial Operational Authorization (IOC) for its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) paving the way for its production.

HAL CMD R Madhavan received the IOC document from (DRDO) G Sateesh Reddy, and said: “This is a momentous occasion for HAL. It reinforces our commitment to indigenous R&D programs on self-reliance and improving the operational effectiveness of the Indian armed forces. HAL is fully prepared to meet the requirements of its customers on a temporary basis. ”

LUH is a three-ton, light, agile and highly agile utility helicopter, designed and developed locally to meet the operational requirements of&IAF. LUH will soon replace the old fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

Three prototypes have been built that have cumulatively completed more than 550 flights in various terrains and climatic conditions such as cold weather, warm weather, sea level and high altitude, complying with strict certification and user requirements.

Its resistance and reliability were established during hot weather and high altitude tests, where LUH was transported from Bangalore, covering more than 7,000 km and flying continuously for 17 days without any abnormality, said HAL.

Arup Chatterjee, director of engineering and R&D, HAL, said the performance of the basic configuration of LUH in all terrain and in all weather conditions is satisfactory and HAL is moving towards the next phase of integration and flight testing of the mission and role team at LUH.