After the demonstration of the Tail Boom folding operation that was carried out 7 Nov 2020 on the ALH Mk-III prototype. HAL has commenced Qualification/certification flight trials that started earlier this year and are expected to be completed by end of 2021. Sea-based trials from the decks of the warships will commence at the later stage

With a combination of the existing 2 blade folding, the achieved storage dimension of ALH (13.5 m length, 3.5 m width & 4.1 m height) will meet the Navy’s Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) specification under which the Navy had issued Request for Proposals (RFP) to International vendors for 111 Utility Helicopters.

The NUH is intended to replace the navy’s vintage fleet of French-origin Chetak helicopters in carrying out tasks like search and rescue (SAR), casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), ferrying passengers from ships, and low-intensity maritime operations (LIMO) such as dropping torpedoes.

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