SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has started work on the Naval-Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) variant that incorporate a modern surveillance radar and electro-optical equipment to undertake the role of maritime reconnaissance in addition to providing long-range Search and Rescue.
Ship-based variant Naval-Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) will feature folding rotors for deck operations and wheeled landing gears. Modern surveillance radar for the Naval ALH platform that is used by Indian Navy and Indian Coast guard has been modified for usage on the Naval-LUH variant.
Naval-ULH Prototype will be ready in the coming months and soon it will be offered for ship-based trials to the Indian Navy. HAL is also working on an improved variant of the Naval-ALH that will have a higher weight class than its Army/Air Force variant but is more optimised for ship-based operations. Present Naval-ALH is largely limited to land-based operations.
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