HAL’s Indigenous LUH Completes Hot and High Altitude Trials in Himalayas

Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), on Wednesday said its indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) demonstrated high altitude capability in hot and high weather conditions in the Himalayas recently for about 10 days.

“A comprehensive test plan was executed at Leh — 3,300 metres above mean sea level (MAMSL) — in extreme temperatures which included envelope expansion, performance and flying qualities. LUH took off from Leh and demonstrated its hot and high hover performance at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at 5,000 MAMSL,” HAL said.

The helicopter also demonstrated its payload capability in Siachen glacier high altitude. During the trials, pilots landed the helicopter at the highest helipads of Amar and Sonam.

The flights were carried out by composite trial team which included pilots from HAL, Wing Commander (retd) Unni Pillai, chief test pilot (Rotary), Wg Cdr (retd) Anil Bhambani, Gp Capt (Retd) Pupinder Singh and Gp Capt V Panwar along with Gp Capt R Dubey, Sq Ldr Joshi (from Indian Air Force) and Lt Col R Grewal & Lt Col Pawan (from Indian Army). Representatives from certification authority witnessed the trials.

“…HAL has once again proved its indigenous capability in design & development. The Army version of LUH is now ready for Initial Operational Clearance,” R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, said.

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