HAL developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) after clearing major High altitude cold weather trials recently is now inching closer to Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) which company has predicted will be achieved later this year by September as per information provided to LUH already has cleared cold and Hot weather trials also but few more performance trials are still pending which company plans to achieve soon.

HAL is now preparing to carry out Sea trails of LUH which once completed will grant it IOC certification which will be a major milestone which was achieved within three years of the first flight of the first LUH Prototype.

First flight of LUH PT-1 was carried on September 6, 2016, the second Prototype flew on May 22, 2017, and the third prototype (PT3) made its maiden flight on December 14, 2018.

The LUH is a 3-ton class new generation single engine helicopter indigenously designed and developed by Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) of HAL which is set to replace HAL Cheetah and HAL Chetak helicopters in service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.


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