With the Indian Navy now backing and joining State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) proposal to develop a new heavy-class multi-role helicopter called the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH), HAL is expected to freeze design configuration for the Army and Air force based on the Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQR) by end of 2021 and enter production by 2029.

The Army and Air force variants will be quite similar in configuration with minor tweaks as per user needs and will be the first to be developed. HAL plans to have the prototype ready by 2024 for the first flight and plans to have one structural-test unit by 2023 and three more planned from 2025 that includes an armed version of the IMRH.

The Naval variant will be bigger and talks are still been held to agree on the basic configuration and Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQR) might come in 2022 due to which Naval variant development will take time as informed to Naval IMRH might go for General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines that are powering MH-60 ‘Romeo’ anti-submarine helicopters that the Navy recently procured from the United States.

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