SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
The first batch of LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) from the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is scheduled to arrive in March 2023. In the coming months, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Army Aviation Corps (AAC) will receive two LUH each from the LRIP series.
HAL has been given permission to manufacture 12 LRIP LUH, which will be delivered in full by 2024. During this time, the IAF and AAC will each receive four LUH.
LUH will replace the Chetak and Cheetah series of vintage helicopters purchased in the mid 1970s. HAL’s new facility in Tumakuru, on the outskirts of Bengaluru, has a capacity of 30 LUHs per year, which can be increased to 60 choppers per year.
In the next ten years, the IAF, AAC, Navy, ICG, and other paramilitary officials will require nearly 500 helicopters of LUH Class. With plans to procure Russian Kamov Ka-226T Helicopters under ToT as Supplement to the LUH on the verge of collapse, HAL is lobbying for a larger share of combined orders and promoting Made in India initiatives.
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