HAL Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv

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  1. Prashant12

    Prashant12 Senior Member Senior Member

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    India’s Rudras Back In Sight, Still Awaiting Missiles

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    India’s HAL Rudra armed helicopters have had an unusually low profile since they entered service four years ago. Handed over to the Indian Army with great fanfare in 2013, they’ve melted quietly into operational service, never really showing themselves again since. Which is why, it was a pleasant surprise when a Rudra popped up in photographs of India’s new defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on a visit to the IAF’s Naliya air force base in western India. The minister, accompanied by Army chief General Bipin Rawat was specifically given a 15-minute tour of the Rudra by an Army Aviation Corps. pilot apparently in keeping with her professed focus on modernisation with a focus on indigenous products.

    HAL’s Rudra, a weaponised and hunt-focused Mk.4 version of the trusty Dhruv, is still settling in with its primary customer — the Indian Army signed on earlier this month for 18 more, taking the total size of its intended fleet to 78 aircraft. The Army currently 23 Rudras across three operational squadrons, with plans to raise four more squadrons. A further 21 airframes are currently under test at HAL Bengaluru. HAL will produce a total of 34 more Rudras to complete the Army’s current confirmed order book of 78. More from Defence Minister Sitharaman’s tour of a Rudra at AFS Naliya:

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    While the Army is largely pleased with the Rudra, save some niggles being sorted out with HAL, a serious unresolved flashpoint between the Indian Army and the copter remains its lack of an anti-tank guided missile. India continues to stall on a decision to award a contract for 124 launchers and 1,362 missiles to either MBDA or Rafael Defence for the PARS L3 or Spike ER respectively. The indigenous HELINA ATGM is still at least two years away from proving itself on the Rudra’s launchers.

    Official HAL literature on the Rudra details the platform thus:

    The Rudra can deploy 48 70mm rockets at standoff ranges of more than 8 km, a turret mounted 20 mm cannon cued to its electro optical payload or the pilot’s helmet mounted cuing system. This provides Rudra immediate and accurate firepower against ground and aerial targets. Pilot only has to look at the target and fire. With an advanced ballistic computer, the guns are very accurate even at extreme angles. Fire and forget anti-tank guided missiles with 7-km range make Rudra an ideal platform for ground support roles. Rudra can carry four air to air missiles. These are infra red guided fire and forget missiles with off axis boresight capability. Pilot can engage the target using the helmet mounted sight or with the electro optical pod, while manoeuvering. State of the art sensors complement this tremendous firepower. Gyrostabilised electro optical sensors work on both visual and IR spectrum. Any type of target will be picked up and tracked at large distances, whether by day or by night. These targets can be handed over to the guided missiles or attacked with rockets and gun. The laser designator can designate the target for any compatible weapon. A comprehensive self protection suite would empower the pilot with essential situational awareness of the elctromagnetic and laser environment

    https://www.livefistdefence.com/2017/09/indias-rudras-back-in-sight-still-awaiting-missiles.html
     
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  2. Chinmoy

    Chinmoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Did Shiv Aroor knowingly or unknowingly left alone the Army apprehension with Spike ER and MARS as these too didn't fit the profile they are looking for.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...missiles-fast-track-acquisition/1/887654.html
     
  3. singh100ful

    singh100ful Regular Member

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    Both Rudra and LCH will be armed with Helina.
    Shiv Aroor, most of the time is inaccurate with his predictions and acts as a fanboy with a wishlist.
     
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  4. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Its very pleasing to know that 23 are already in active service ..
     
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  6. dineshchaturvedi

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    So this means that we have already started integration of Helina.
     
  7. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    This is a 2013 story ..

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  8. patriots

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    there is no news about helina .....don't know what happened... .. .
     
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    India’s HAL Among World’s Top 4 Light Military Helicopter Manufacturers

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is projected to be the third among the world’s top four manufacturers of light military helicopters weighting less than 15000 pounds, over the next 15 years.

    In a report compiled by market research firm Forecast International, Airbus Helicopters is projected to lead the light military rotorcraft market manufacturing 420 units for a 26.1 percent market share from 2017-2031.

    China's Avicopter is expected to take the second place with production of 301 units for an 18.7 percent share. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd of India will produce 257 units, a 16 percent share, while Bell Helicopter is projected to be fourth, with production of 225 units for a 14 percent share.

    More than 1,600 light military helicopters will be built over the next 15-years by manufacturers worldwide for a value of about $22.2 billion, according to a report by market intelligence firm Forecast International Tuesday which said it came to the conclusion using data from its Platinum Forecast System 3.1.

    Production of light military rotorcraft, weighing less than 15,000 pounds (8600 kilograms) has been on the upswing since 2014, rising from the 160 units produced that year to 208 in 2016 and further increasing to 217 in 2017.

    A decline in annual build rates is expected to set in soon, and will last until 2023, when production of 73 rotorcraft is forecast, the company said. But some minor growth and longer-term stability is expected, with production rising to 87 units in 2024. Production rates will then remain at between 75 and 87 units per year through at least 2030.

    Forecast International senior aerospace analyst Raymond Jaworowski said, "the effects of increased defense spending on rotorcraft acquisition will be more apparent outside the U.S., where some countries could accelerate certain fleet modernization plans," Jaworowski said.

    "While North America and Europe are currently the two largest regional markets for light military rotorcraft, Asia will grow in importance as a regional market over the next 15 years.

    http://www.defenseworld.net/news/21...ilitary_Helicopter_Manufacturers#.WfJsco-CwdU
     
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  11. Rahul Singh

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    Model of Navy's NUH compliant HAL Dhruv. Is Navy considering it?

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  12. patriots

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    The Army currently have 23 Rudras across three operational squadrons , with plans to raise four more squadrons. A further 21 airframes are currently under test at HAL Bengaluru. HAL will produce a total of 34 more Rudras to complete the Army’s current confirmed order book of 78.

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    any one have any information. .on how much rudras are there in navy
     
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  13. Rahul Singh

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    Navy is not onboard Rudra project. Also i don't think if it is even interested in LHC for it's LHDs as speculated earlier.
     
  14. Kunal Biswas

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    Dhruv in various branches of Armed forces ..
     
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    HAL Dhruv

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    I'm desperately waiting for upgrading a manual to a fully automatic rotor blades folding system of a Dhruv (Navy) helicopter .
    It will give a boost for naval procurement.
     
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    Army aviation at work ..

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    HAL to offer technology to private sector to build helicopter

    In the first such initiative, state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is ready to transfer the technology of its advanced light helicopter Dhruv to a domestic defence manufacturer for the commercial production of the chopper, official sources said.

    HAL is in the process of identifying the private defence major with whom it will share the technology for the production of the twin-engine combat helicopter in India.

    The private entity will have the option of selling the choppers or through HAL.

    The indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-DHRUV) is a twin-engine, multi-role, multi-new generation helicopter in the 5.5-tonne weight class.

    By March 2017, HAL had produced 228 Helicopters, including 216 for the Indian Armed Forces.

    At present, it is executing an order for another 159 choppers for the Army and the Air Force.
     
  19. sthf

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    But why? Commercial production for private users?

    Wasn't Tumkur plant supposed to be assembly line for all future HAL helicopters?
     
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  20. Butter Chicken

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    It seems that both HAL and the private firm will produce ALH.This is much better than the "Strategic Partnership" model.Hopefully some private firm will also make LCA along with HAL
     

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