6-Feb-2013 Source: HAL
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) had achieved the initial operational clearance (IOC) for Advanced Light Helicopter –Mk-IV Army Version of “Rudra”. Dr. K. Tamilmani, CEO, Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) presented the certificate to HAL at a function here today. “The occasion gives us the confidence and it is a proud moment for the country and boosts our indigenous activities”, said Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL.
The occasion marks the entry of HAL into the elite group of a few industries in the world which design, develop, manufacture and certify a helicopter as weapons system to international standards.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tamilmani pointed out that potential for helicopter remains forever in India and the country has the ability to meet technical challenges on this front.
Mr. P. Soundara Rajan, HAL’s MD Helicopter Division, pointed out that integration of multiple weapons systems simultaneously on the helicopter is a complex assignment. “In this particular case it involved four major groups of systems and weapons, involving eight countries: Israel, France, Belgium, South Africa, Germany, Italy, USA and India. Nearly 23 km of cables had to be laid and hundreds of hours of flight and ground tests were carried out”, he said.