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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently showcased a revised design of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) that has multiple changes in the engine housing casing and the exhaust system. IMRH is being conceived as a replacement for Mil Mi-17 utility helicopters, which form the mainstay of the Indian military’s heavy-utility rotorcraft fleet but HAL officials were not so eager to talk about the development of Heavy Class Attack Helicopter for the Indian Armed Forces.

HAL which has completed the development of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is focusing on the development of the IMRH along with the Civil variant of the LUH which will remain a company priority for the time being but acknowledged that the IMRH program will provide many building blocks that can be used for other Heavy class helicopter program.

When asked specifically about plans to develop a Heavy class Attack Helicopter for the Indian Air Force and Indian Army at Aero India 2023, they confirmed HAL is not considering any such program at the moment but if requested will work with users on the configuration.

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