SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
HAL is all set to showcase initial design mockup of Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) at Aero India 2017. HAL is also aware that Army and Navy which have backed the indigenous project are also looking for a weaponised variant of Multi-Role Helicopter and HAL has agreed to work on developing one after consulting with Army and Navy, said an informed source close to idrw.org.
Indian Navy already has decided not to use ‘Dhruv’ advanced light helicopter, manufactured by HAL for Anti-submarine warfare due to size and weight of Dhruv which was found unsuitable to carry out anti-submarine warfare operations but Naval IMRH will come with Anti-submarine warfare operations requirements.
IMRH will not be limited to search and rescue and transportation roles since even Army have conveyed that it could like Army variant of IMRH to be equipped with bombs, rockets, and gun pods so that it can be used to drop special forces behind enemy lines when required and also provide aerial cover fire for troops.
IMRH reportedly will also be equipped with modern communication systems, ability to carry out operations at low and extremely low altitudes along with extreme High altitudes.
While HAL is developing indigenous Hindustan Turbo-Shaft Engine (HTSE) 1200 ( 1,200 KW) helicopter engine to power host of Helicopters currently manufactured by the company But media reports, indicate that HTSE-1200 will be used in for use in helicopters in the 3.5 tonne and 5-8 tonne Helicopter classes and a suitable powerplant for IMRH might be an imported one .
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