HAL can develop its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) for civilian use within the time span of four to five years said Arup Chatterjee Director, (Engineering Research & Development) HAL in an interview with Onmanorama.
LUH recently successfully demonstrated high altitude capability in Hot and High weather conditions in the Himalayas.
HAL Light Utility Helicopter is a 3 tonne class highly agile new generation light helicopter, aims to replace India’s aging Cheetah and Chetak Helicopters.
LUH is design and developed by Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) one of the R&D sections of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for civilian and military applications.
Talking about the civilian application Arup Chatterjee said, “We have made extensive study to assess the market potential of LUH in civil applications. We found great potential for LUH in India and overseas in the next 10 to 15 years,”
“We have made a concept paper and forwarded to Ministry of Civil Aviation for possibility of upfront funding. If concurred, we can develop and certify the LUH with civil certified equipment and system within a time span of four to five years,” He added.
It is clear indication by Director (Engineering R&D) HAL Arup Chatterjee that if Ministry of Civil Aviation concur than Light Utility Helicopter for civilian can be developed within 5 years.
Now it will be very interesting to see how quickly government approves HAL proposal to develop civil version of utility helicopter.
LUH has a empty weight of 1,910 kg and can and 3,120 kg maximum take off weight.
It has maximum speed of 250 km/h and can cruise at a speed of 235 km/h. It has a range of 350 KM and can carry 6 passengers onboard.
These features by HAL Light Utility Helicopter makes it a perfect helicopters for not only military purpose but also for civilian purpose.