ICG Chief undertakes the first flight in a home-grown LUH

HAL, light utility helicopter

The chief of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), VS Patahania, flew his first 45-minute sortie in a native Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) on November 14, Bengaluru.

Pathania was given a thorough introduction to the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), which is being created as a successor to the Cheetah and Chetak helicopters currently used by the Indian Armed Forces.

The Mk-III helicopter was turned over to the Coast Guard by HAL on Monday, November 14. These helicopters have a variety of cutting-edge sensors that increase the Indian Coast Guard’s marine prowess at sea.

ICG officials reported that during his sortie, Pathania commended the indigenous LUH and claimed it is a magnificent flying vehicle equipped with cutting-edge technologies.

The LUH is a modern helicopter that has cutting-edge technology features like a glass cockpit with multi-function displays (MFD) and is powered by a single turbo shaft engine with enough power margin to handle any emergency requiring higher power setting operations.

The helicopter can fly with a range of 243 nm, a service ceiling of 6.5 km, and a cruise speed of 130 knots. The “Shakti” engines, a full glass cockpit, high-intensity searchlights, a traffic alert and collision avoidance system, modern communication systems, an automatic identification system, a search and rescue capacity, and an automatic flight control system are all features of these helicopters.

They are also outfitted with modern surveillance radar and electro-optical tools, allowing them to perform long-range maritime reconnaissance in addition to offering long-range search and rescue, both during the day and at night.

The indigenously-developed LUH is a new generation helicopter in the 3-tonne category that boasts features like a glass cockpit with multi-function displays (MFD) and is powered by a single turboshaft engine

Assembly of the first Limited Series Production (LSP) LUH has begun, with phase-1 operations at the new HAL helicopter facility in Tumakuru (Karnataka) began in last July.

The LSP series, also known as LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production), will be produced in the new facility in Tumakaru after the three prototypes, which were constructed at HAL’s production facility in Bengaluru.

The material indicates that LRIP1 consists of four LUHs, two of which will be delivered by March 2023 to the Bharatiya Vayu Sena (IAF, Indian Air Force), and the other two to the Indian Army. LRIP2 entails the construction of eight LUHs, four for the Indian Army and four for the Indian Air Force, between 2023 and 2024.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the Indian military have signed a letter of intent to purchase 12 locally made LUH. The army will receive six light utility helicopters, and the Indian Air Force will use the remaining six.

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A letter of intent between HAL and the Indian military to buy 12 locally produced LUH has been signed.
Six will be given to the army, while IAF will make use of the remaining six

It is also stated that Vman Aviation Services, an Indian leasing company, has ordered five civilian Light Utility Helicopters in addition to the orders for the Indian Armed Forces. There is also a space in the order for an additional five. The purchase is significant because it creates an ecosystem loop that will allow an Indian leasing company to supply equipment made in India.

Thousands of military helicopters could be produced by HAL in the upcoming years making India free from the importation of any helicopters shortly. 

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