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Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

The Indian Navy is currently looking to procure 110 light utility helicopters (LUH). They have already rejected the Russian Kamov Ka-226T helicopter because the blades cannot fold and will not be able to fit inside a ship’s hangar. The Ka-226T also cannot carry torpedoes, which is a “mandatory requirement,” reports Defence News. The Navy is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

German Air Force receives last H145M

German Air Force receives last H145M

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The helicopters, stationed in Laupheim, are operated by the Bundeswehr special forces. As the launch customer, the Bundeswehr ordered 15 of these high-performance helicopters in 2013 as part of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Special Operations Forces (SOF)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jun-17

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Second prototype HAL Light Utility Helicopter makes first flight

Second prototype HAL Light Utility Helicopter makes first flight

On the heels of maiden flight of HTT-40 (PT-2), HAL carried out first flight of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)-PT-2 on May 22, 2017 at its facility in Bengaluru. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wing Cdr(Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani.  The flight duration was about 22… Read more »

Source: HAL, 29-May-17

Mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter to debut at Aero India

Mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter to debut at Aero India

HAL’s key indigenous products HTT-40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft), first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132, named as Hawk-i, Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will fly at the 11th edition of the Aero India 2017 scheduled from February 14 -18, 2017.  “HAL is geared-up to display recent advancements in fixed and rotary wing segments”,… Read more »

Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, 14-Feb-17

HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

Achieving yet another significant milestone, HAL conducted a technical flight of indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in Bengaluru, today.  The helicopter lifted at 1210 hours and was in the air for 15 minutes at HAL facilities.  The flawless flight was carried out by HAL test pilots. This event marks an important and significant beginning for… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Sep-16

Safran-powered Indian LUH completes first flight

Safran-powered Indian LUH completes first flight

The first flight of Safran’s Ardiden 1U engine, powering the Indian LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), took place on 6 September in Bangalore. LUH is a new three-ton, single-engine, multipurpose rotorcraft designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). The Ardiden 1U met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight. “This flight marks a major milestone… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-Sep-16

Global helicopter market leader Bell remains troubled about US Army retiring helicopters

Global helicopter market leader Bell remains troubled about US Army retiring helicopters

Bell Helicopter has expressed its concerns about the US Army retiring almost 800 helicopters, with a view to possibly sell the helicopters to foreign consumers in the global helicopter market. As part of the aviation restructure initiative (ARI) the U.S. Army is beginning to retire all of their OH-58D armed scout helicopters and TH-67 trainers,… Read more »

Source: Companies and Markets, 03-Jun-15

HAL showcasing LCH and LUH at Aero India 2015

HAL showcasing LCH and LUH at Aero India 2015

HAL’s indigenous products will enthral visitors with their flying and static display during the 10th edition of Aero India from February 18-22, 2015. HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas, will be on flying display showing their versatility. HAL would also be showcasing its technical competence built over the years.  The display is… Read more »

Source: HAL, 19-Feb-15

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More Ardiden power on new Indian helicopters

More Ardiden power on new Indian helicopters

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be powered by the Ardiden 1H1 engine from Turbomeca (Safran, booth #B2.1 – Hall B). This new twin-engine military aircraft will take part in the flying display at Aero India air show in Bangalore. Turbomeca will also power the new HAL- designed LUH (Light Utility Helicopter),… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 19-Feb-15

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India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

India has canceled the purchase of 197 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) worth $1 billion in which Airbus Helicopter’s AS550 was competing with Russia’s Ka-226T built by Kamov. The cancellation followed lengthy corruption investigations. See Full Story

Source: Defense News, 01-Sep-14

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