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Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, has confirmed that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has embarked on the development of the Mk2 variant of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). This move comes in response to the Indian Army’s request for certain improvements to be incorporated into the indigenous LUH, which it has already received.

The Mk2 variant of the LUH will come equipped with an autopilot system, one of the specific requirements put forth by the Indian Army. Additionally, HAL is working on implementing several minor improvements as per the Army’s recommendations.

The Indian Army, which has a substantial need for such helicopters, is planning to acquire a total of over 200 LUHs in this category. Initially, six limited series production variants of the LUH will be inducted, with a target of producing 12 LUHs by 2024.

The LUH serves as a modern replacement for the ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters currently in service with the Indian Armed Forces. It falls within the three-tonne class and incorporates cutting-edge technology features, including a glass cockpit with multi-function displays (MFD).

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