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


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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