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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has successfully demonstrated high altitude capability in hot-and-high conditions in the Himalayas. After a 1,600nm ferry flight from its base at Bengaluru, the trials were carried out by the test pilots from HAL and the Indian Air Force and Army, operating from Leh at an altitude of 10,800ft, and in temperatures up to ISA+32°C. During the trials the LUH demonstrated its hot-and-high hover performance at Daulat Beg Oldie Landing Ground (ALG) at 16,000ft and at a forward helipad at 18,000ft at ISA+27°C. Last year the LUH completed hot weather trials at Nagpur and sea level trials at Chennai, and earlier this year conducted cold weather flights at Puducherry in 2019.
HAL'S LUH has met hot-and-high conditions in the Himalayas