Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Asia’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged as a show stopper during the inaugural day of the 11th edition of Aero India inaugurated by the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar at Yelahanka.
Mr Parrikar unveiled the full scale mock-up of Indian Mutli Role Helicopter (IMRH) in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Paresekar, Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL and other key officials at a function held at HAL Pavilion at Hall E.
HAL aims to indigenously develop 12-ton class IMRH with service ceiling of around 20,000 feet, 3,500 kg payload and a seating capacity of 24. The major roles to be performed are Tactical Troop Transport, Casualty evacuation, Under Slung Load, Combat Search & Rescue, Anti Surface Operations, Off-shore Operations, VIP/VVIP Transport and Air Ambulance. The Army/IAF version will have a significant hovering and payload capability especially at high altitude.
The proposed IMRH will be powered by twin engines (to be identified), equipped with Automatic Flight Control System, state-of-the-art Mission systems, Advanced Cockpit Display and Avionic Systems, etc. to meet the Utility and Armed Roles of Indian Armed Forces. A dedicated Naval variant is also planned.
Besides the domestic defence orders, HAL will target export orders, aiming to replace the ageing fleet of similar class of helicopters that are operational in more than 40 Air Forces around the world.
Spectacular Display by HAL:
Earlier in the day, HAL put up a spectacular display of its indigenous products. The Light Utility Helicopter made its first appearance at the Aero Show and enthralled the large gathering. The copter was flown by ED CTP (Chief Test Pilot). The LUH is powered by two Shakthi engines and inherits many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter.
In the fixed wing, the basic trainer aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) also flew for the first time with its spectacular display. It was piloted by Wing Comdr C. Subramanyam. The Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) underscored its strong presence yet again along with Su30 MKI, Do-228 and Hawk-i.
In the rotary wing, the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and ALH Mk IV ‘Rudra’ captivated the audience.