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HAL’s Indigenous LUH completes hot and high altitude trials in Himalayas

10th September, 2020 Security

Context: The Army version of LUH is now ready for initial operational clearance


  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) demonstrated high altitude capability in hot and high weather conditions in the Himalayas recently for about 10 days.
  • LUH is designed and developed as a replacement for Cheetah & Chetak helicopters, which are being operated by Indian Armed forces.
  • LUH is a new generation helicopter in the 3-Ton class incorporating the state of the art technology features like Glass cockpit with Multi-Function Displays (MFD) and powered by single Turbo Shaft engine with sufficient power margin to cater to demanding high altitude missions. LUH will meet the emerging needs in this class of helicopters in the coming decades.
  • The helicopter will be capable of flying at 220 Kmph; service ceiling of 6.5 Km and a range of 350 Km with 500 kg payload.