De­fence Min­is­ter un­veils full scale mockup of HAL’s In­dian multi-role he­li­copter

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL), Asia’s largest aerospace and de­fence ma­jor, emerged as a show stop­per dur­ing the open­ing day of the 11th edi­tion of Aero In­dia in­au­gu­rated by the De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar at Ye­la­hanka.

Par­rikar un­veiled the full-scale mock-up of In­dian mut­li­role he­li­copter (IMRH) in the pres­ence of Goa Chief Min­is­ter Laxmikant Pare­sekar, T. Su­varna Raju, CMD of HAL, and other key of­fi­cials at a func­tion held at HAL Pav­il­ion at Hall E.

HAL aims to indigenously de­velop 12-tonne class IMRH with ser­vice ceil­ing of around 20,000 feet, 3,500 kg pay­load and a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 24. The ma­jor roles to be per­formed are tac­ti­cal troop trans­port, ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion, un­der slung load, com­bat search & res­cue, anti-sur­face op­er­a­tions, off­shore op­er­a­tions, VIP/VVIP trans­port and air am­bu­lance. The Army/IAF ver­sion will have a sig­nif­i­cant hov­er­ing and pay­load ca­pa­bil­ity espe­cially at high al­ti­tude.

The pro­posed IMRH will be pow­ered by twin en­gines (to be iden­ti­fied), equipped with au­to­matic flight con­trol sys­tem, state-of-theart mis­sion sys­tems, ad­vanced cock­pit dis­play and avionic sys­tems, etc. to meet the util­ity and armed roles of In­dian armed forces. A ded­i­cated naval vari­ant is also planned.

Be­sides the do­mes­tic de­fence orders, HAL will tar­get ex­port orders, aim­ing to re­place the age­ing fleet of sim­i­lar class of he­li­copters that are op­er­a­tional in more than 40 air forces around the world.

The De­fence Min­is­ter also vis­ited HAL stall and wit­nessed the prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies on dis­play.

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