Amidst the ongoing tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has landed in Ladakh for final trials. Confirming this to Financial Express Online, sources said “these helicopters will be flying with the Indian Army from helipads located in forward areas.”
These helicopters will be replacing the Cheetah and Chetak helicopters which are currently being used by the Indian Army in the high altitude areas. As has been reported by Financial Express Online, earlier this year, the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) certificate for the LUH has been issued to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
More about LUH
According to HAL this is a new generation helicopter with state of the art technologies onboard. With a weight of 3-Ton, these machines are expected to meet the emerging needs in this class of helicopters in the future both in the military and civil world.
Developed by Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) of HAL, these helicopters will be produced at the green field helicopter manufacturing facility located at Tumakuru.
It comes with a Glass Cockpit and is expected to be used for various roles including Reconnaissance, Surveillance and also as a light transport helicopter.