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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Lt Gen AK Suri, DG & Colonel Commandant Army Aviation, visited Aviation Squadrons in Leh & forward areas, where he flew a test sortie in the Light Utility Helicopter & High-Altitude trials for the same has been completed. idrw.org a few days back had reported that the fourth Prototype of Indigenous light utility helicopter (LUH) is back at the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip near China to demonstrate its high altitude operations capacity this time with an extended Tail Rotor.

Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be hand over 12 LUH ( Six each ) next year to the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. Indian Army Aviation will biggest operator of the LUH and has shown intent to procure 126 units to replace license-built Cheetah and Chetak Helicopters in service with the Indian Army.

Indian Army Aviation also has plans to procure 135 units of Ka-226T twin-engine utility helicopters from Russia. Indian Air Force has plans to procure 65 LUH and 65 Ka-226T each by 2030. Since the deal for Ka-226T with Russia still hangs in balance and HAL is also designated local production partner for the Russian Ka-226T in India, HAL will try to push its Product.

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