Second prototype of the Light Utility Helicopter LUH-PT2 successfully completed its maiden flight today. Read on to know more about Light Utility Helicopter LUH-PT2 of Indian Army.
The second prototype of the Light Utility Helicopter, named as LUH-PT2 completed its maiden flight.
This came after the recent first flight of the Hindustan Turbo Trainer, HTT-40 basic aircraft last week and LUH-PT1 earlier this year. The first flight of LUH PT1 was carried out on 6th September 2016 and again during the international air show Aero India-2017 held in February 2017.
The LUH-PT2 chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wing Cdr (Retd) Unni K Pillai. He was assisted by Test Pilot Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani. The sortie lasted for 22 minutes. No snags were reported during or after the flight.
About Light Utility Helicopter, LUH-PT2
- The LUH-PT2 is a new generation helicopter being indigenously developed by HAL.
- The helicopter, which is suited for operating in small areas, performed several manoeuvres.
- It weighs 3 tonnes and comes with a Glass Cockpit.
- It will be deployed for Reconnaissance, Surveillance roles and as a light transport helicopter.
- The LUH-PT2 will replace the more than 3 decades old fleet of Chetak and Cheetah helicopters.
- The LUH is also being developed to eye the domestic and international market, apart from the military use.
- HAL has already developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).
Tech Specs of the Helicopter
- The helicopter will be capable of flying at 220kmph.
- The service ceiling of 6.5km. This will enable the aircraft to fly to India’s highest posts in Siachen Glacier Sector.
- The range of 350km with a 400-kg payload.
- Powered by HAL's own single turboshaft engine.
- It has a modified tail boom and improvements from LUH-PT1.
About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company governed under the management of the Indian Ministry of Defence.
- It is based at Bangalore, Karnataka.
- The company deals with manufacturing and assembly of aircraft, navigation and related communication equipment and airports operation.
- HAL has an annual turnover of over US$2 billion. More than 40% of HAL's revenues come from international deals to manufacture aircraft engines, spare parts, and other aircraft materials.
- Some of the aircraft that HAL indigenously develops are:
- HAL Tejas
- HF-24 Marut
- HAL Dhruv- Advanced Light Helicopter
- Light Combat Helicopter (under trial)
- Light Utility Helicopter (under development)
- Indian Multi-role Helicopter (under development)
- Rudra - Attack helicopter