Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has received a consent form from a service that manufactures 12 domestically designed and developed Light Utility Helicopters (LUH). At the same time, nine light attack helicopters (LCHs) have been produced in Limited Series Production (LSP) for the approval of 15 variations and are currently being delivered to service.
In another development, the Army is negotiating to acquire his 11 additional Apache AH-6
E attack helicopters from the United States.
“We have begun production work. Two of his LUHs are in the process of being completed,” he confirmed by HAL sources.
In addition, a request for quotation (RFQ) for large orders for LUH-RFQ was issued, sources said. The
HAL is responding to this request and will resolve related issues within a year or two, sources said. Last November, the Defense Acquisition Council approved the procurement of the first batch of 12 LUHs.
In June, the Army established his first LCH squadron in Bengaluru. When completed next year, it will move to the actual line of control (LAC) of Eastern Command. “He ordered 9 of the 15 LSPs that were manufactured. They are in the acceptance stage,” said a HAL source.
Now the army is trying to acquire about 111 LUHs and 95 LCHs, officials said. Seven of his LCH units, each with 10 helicopters, are planned for combat missions in mountainous terrain, according to Army sources. The IAF will also deploy the first of his LCH squadrons in the coming months.
More Apache Attack Helicopters
The Cabinet Security Committee previously approved the procurement of 39 AH-6
Apache attack helicopters from the United States. The IAF then hired 22 Apache attack helicopters procured under a contract he signed in September 2015. The government has decided to entrust all future Apache procurements to the Army. In response, in February 2020, India signed a contract for six more Apaches at a cost of around US$800 million. The
deliveries scheduled to begin in the first half of 2023 have been delayed by about 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, defense officials said. They are now expected to arrive in early 202
, Army sources said.
Additionally, the Army is proceeding with a lawsuit for the remaining 11 of his 39 licensed Apaches. added the official. A senior official at aircraft maker Boeing recently confirmed that it is in talks with the Indian military about the increase in Apaches. The
Army has three air brigades in Leh, Missamari and Jodhpur. It operates approximately 1
5 unique Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), 75 of which are Rudra armed variants. A further 25 DHRUVMK-III have been ordered and will be delivered within two years. The Army operates about 190 Cheetah, Cheetah and Chital helicopters, which are in dire need of replacement, while the IAF operates about 1
0 of them. In total, the IAF operates a wide range of combinations of approximately 500 rotary platforms, including approximately 90 Mi-17s, over 130 Mi-17V5s, and over 70 DHRUVs, including armed types, 22. Includes the Apache aircraft, the Squadron of Mi-35 attack helicopters, and 15 aircraft. CH-
7F Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopter. The
Utility Helicopter category requires more than
00 helicopters, including the Army and his IAF, and is expected to replace his traditional Cheetah and Chetak helicopters in use. LUH must meet this requirement, along with his 200 Ka-226T multipurpose helicopters manufactured by technology transfer from Russia.
However, officials said the Ka-226T contract had been delayed for several years due to localization issues, LUH was ready, and the geopolitical situation of the war in Ukraine would destroy all contracts. LUH is working well, but it will take some time for a sufficient number to arrive, military sources said.