DefExpo 2020: HAL receives first IOC for its light utility helicopter

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), paving the way for its Productionisation during DefExpo 2020. HAL Displays 2 LUH at Defexpo with 1 being static and the other used for the dynamic demonstration.

defexpo 2020 HAL receives first IOC for its light utility helicopter The LUH during the dynamic demonstration at DefExpo (Picture source: Air Recognition )

The LUH is a single engine, light weight, highly agile 3-Ton utility helicopter, indigenously designed & developed to meet the operational requireents of the Indian Army & India Air Force. LUH will soon replace the ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters. Three prototypes have been built and cumulatively completed over 550 flightsunder various terrains and climatic condistions like cold weather, hot weather, sea-level and high altitude complying to stringent certification and user requirements.

Its endurance and reliability were established during the hot weather and high-altitude trials where the LUH was ferried over Bengaluru, covering over 7000 kms and continuously flying for 17 days without any issues.