Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has launched the full scale prototype of the Indian mutli-role helicopter (IMRH) at Aero India show held at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India.
The company seeks to indigenously develop the 12t class IMRH to meet the utility and armed roles of the Indian Armed Forces.
To be powered by twin engines, the proposed helicopter will have a service ceiling of around 20,000ft and 3,500kg payload.
The IMRH will be equipped with automatic flight control system, state-of-the-art mission systems, advanced cockpit display and avionics systems.
With enough space to accommodate 24 people, the aircraft is being designed to perform tactical troop transport, casualty evacuation, under slung load, combat search-and-rescue, anti-surface operations, off-shore operations, VIP / VVIP transport and air ambulance.
HAL said that the Indian Army / Indian Air Force version will have a significant hovering and payload capability especially at high-altitude.
The company is also planning to build a naval variant of the IMRH.
In addition to domestic defence market, HAL will target export market, with an aim to replace the ageing fleet of similar class of helicopters that are operational in more than 40 air forces around the world.
HAL also presented its light utility helicopter, Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40), Tejas light combat aircraft, light combat helicopter, advanced light helicopter (ALH) and ALH Mk IV ‘Rudra’ at the show.
The 11th edition of Aero India show commenced on 14 February and will continue through to 18 February this year.
Image: The full scale prototype of Indian multi role helicopter at Aero India show. Photo: courtesy of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).