It comes half a year after the India government’s Defence Acquisition’s Council approved the procurement of an initial lot of 12 LUH – six each for the army and air force.
The LUH is equipped with a single 750KW Shakti-1U turboshaft engine – based on the Safran Ardiden. The aircraft is capable of flying at 230km/h with a maximum range of 350km and can carry payloads of up to 500kg. Inside, it is equipped with a glass cockpit and supports dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).
The helicopter is designed to perform a broad range of roles, including reconnaissance, passenger and cargo transport, as well as rescue operations.
HAL also recently signed an agreement with Safran Helicopter Engines to create a new joint venture for the development of helicopter engines.