Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Indx TechStyle, Nov 6, 2015.
What would be the max speed of LUH?
yes, obviously but weight carrying figures are quoted at sea level. ALH dhruv carries just 400 KG in siachin.
200 kg and that is 10 times of that of Cheetah.
The talk of LUH has been going for quiet some time Tumkuru's land was also given to HAL but we keep seeing news like
"Indian Navy, Fourth Largest in the World, But Struggling for Helicopters" such headlines do not cut a good picture.
I wonder, if these are the news in the era of Parrikar who is supposed to be friendly to forces; then we must think of the acquisition procedure if there is some thing is wrong?
Also when are LUH actually going to be delivered?
Headlines don't matter...
Dalals use media to pressurise govt to push their deals on top of acquisition list. Dalals might have come to know their deal is under scrutiny hence they try to create media pressure.
1) HAL LUH won't be in service with the IN, the IN have a seperate N-LUH requirement will probably be filled by the Airbus Panther
2) These things take time to resolve, the NDA inherited a HUGE procurement backlog and mess from the UPA, much has been resolved but there is still a lot that hasn't been done.
3) HAL LUH will be operational with IA/IAF from mid 2018.
HAL's LUH completes its maiden flight in 22 minutes.
LUH PT-2 was flown by Wg Cdr Unni K Pillai (Retd) & Wg Cdr Anil Bhambhani (Retd)
Has he provided the details what has been modified?
Apparently no modification is visible.
Modified Tail boom for this prototype
Nothing major tail boom was slightly modified.
Here you go, full media release on PT2 test from HAL.
23 MAY 2017
Light Utility Helicopter (PT-2) Makes Maiden Flight
Bengaluru, May 23, 2017:
On the heels of maiden flight of HTT-40 (PT-2), HAL carried out first flight of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)-PT-2 on May 22, 2017 at its facility in Bengaluru. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wing Cdr(Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani. The flight duration was about 22 minutes and pilots reported nil snag.
These maiden flights of indigenous aircrafts are testimony to HAL’s rapid progress towards ‘Make in India’ campaign both in fixed and rotary wing segments. These prototypes add strength to ongoing test flights to achieve operational clearance cutting the time frame”, said Shri T. Suvarna Raju, CMD-HAL.
The LUH PT2 has modified tail boom and incorporates improvements based on feedback from testing of LUH PT1. The first flight of LUH PT1 was carried out on September 6, 2016 and further envelope expansion flights are in progress. LUH PT-1 made its flight demonstration during the international air show Aero India-2017 held in February 2017.
HAL plans to carry out further flight testing on PT1 & PT2 in the months ahead to freeze the helicopter configuration by end of this year. Senior officials from HAL, representatives from RCMA(H/c), AQA, IAF and Army were present during the flight
About Light Utility Helicopter (LUH):
The LUH is a 3-ton class new generation helicopter being indigenously developed by HAL to meet the requirements of both military and civil operators. The helicopter with Glass Cockpit will be deployed for Reconnaissance, Surveillance roles and as a light transport helicopter. The helicopter will be capable of flying at 220 Kmph, with a service ceiling of 6.5 Km and a range of 350 Km with 400 kg payload. The LUH is powered by TM/HAL Ardiden 1U/Shakti 1U single turbo shaft engine with sufficient power margins to cater to demanding high altitude missions.
An integrated facility for manufacturing the LUH along with systems and components, composites, transmission system, engine, Ground Test & Flight Test facilities and Repair and Overhauling facilities for LUH, systems and the engine is planned at Tumakuru, Karnataka for which the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister on January 3, 2016.
http://www.hal-india.com/Light Utility Helicopter (PT-2) Makes Maiden Flight/ND__197
How does this compare with Kamov Ka 226? With news like this (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kamov-226-t-helicopter-indian-army-hal-russia/1/960527.html) , why do we even need Kamov? Why can't we just build LUH?
KA 226 is meant mainly for BRO and not IAF duties, LUH suits IAF duties ..
India 100% doesn't need the Kamov deal, why the GoI is persisting with it is outside of my area of expertise, I imagine it is more of a political choice because from a military point of view an all LUH fleet will be far more useful than a mixed Ka-226/LUH fleet. It would be far more worthwhile to let the HAL LUH fill the entire 600 unit IA/IAF RSH/LUH requirement but alas, India loves its zoos.....
Why do you want it to be modified. it seems all right and there shall not be any major change.
They need to start production in 2018.
So does that mean luh is kn time?
We have more tests to do.
Finalize the design
And then manufacturing starts.
I hope hal completes it by 2018.
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