Sec­ond HAL Light Util­ity He­li­copter flies

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Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) flew the sec­ond pro­to­type of its Light Util­ity He­li­copter on 22 May. It was air­borne for 22 min­utes and ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s Chief Test Pi­lot Wing Cdr (Retd) Unni K Pillai there were ‘nil snags’. Com­pared to the first pro­to­type, PT1, which flew in Septem­ber 2016, PT2 has a mod­i­fied tail boom and in­cor­po­rates other im­prove­ments. HAL hopes for de­sign freeze by year’s end. The LUH is a three-ton class new gen­er­a­tion light trans­port he­li­copter de­signed to meet the re­quire­ments of both mil­i­tary and civil op­er­a­tors, and is es­pe­cially suited to high al­ti­tude mis­sions. It is powered by a TM/HAL Ar­di­den 1U/shakti 1U sin­gle tur­boshaft en­gine and will have a max­i­mum speed of 119kt and a range of 190nm car­ry­ing a 400kg pay­load.

Although wear­ing mil­i­tary mark­ings here, the LUH is also aimed at the civil mar­ket

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