Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Asia’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged as a show stopper during the inaugural day of the 11th edition of Aero India inaugurated by the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar at Yelahanka today.
Mr Parrikar unveiled the full scale mock-up of Indian Mutli Role Helicopter (IMRH) in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Paresekar, Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL and other key officials at a function held at HAL Pavilion at Hall E.
HAL aims to indigenously develop 12-ton 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, Off-shore 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-the-art 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.
Spectacular Display by HAL:
Earlier in the day, HAL put up a spectacular display of its indigenous products. The Light Utility Helicopter made its first appearance at the Aero Show and enthralled the large gathering. The copter was flown by ED CTP (Chief Test Pilot). The LUH is powered by two Shakthi engines and inherits many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter.
In the fixed wing, the basic trainer aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) also flew for the first time with its spectacular display. It was piloted by Wing Comdr C. Subramanyam. The Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) underscored its strong presence yet again along with Su30 MKI, Do-228 and Hawk-i.
In the rotary wing, the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and ALH Mk IV ‘Rudra’ captivated the audience
- Joint Venture for the production of Ka-226T in India
- Safran acquires ISEI
- ViaSat Secures Multi-Year Contract
- Arville fabrics used in London EMS Explorers
- CONTROP Launches Compact Payload for UAS
- Terma Survivability Equipment installed on Dutch NH90
- 17 more Leonardo helicopters for China
- Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator
- Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters
- Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ
- Petronas cancels MHS EC225 contract citing safety concerns
- New Helipad for San Antonio hospital
- LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo
- Canada certifies DAC for Esterline CMA-6800 Display in S76
- Safran Ardiden 3G obtains EASA type certification
- VSR700 demonstrator performs first autonomous flights
- Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K
- Astronautics to Provide Connectivity Solution for Airbus
- Russian Helicopters at Paris Air Show 2017
- HAI Heli-Expo 2018 Application for Space Available