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HAL LUH (Light Utility Helicopter)

India (2018)
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The HAL LUH completed its first flight on September 6th, 2016 - it was meant to go airborne sometime in 2015.


Detailing the development and operational history of the HAL LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) Multirole Lightweight Single-Engine Utility Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 12/31/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) of India is developing the "Light Utility Helicopter" (LUH) to fulfill a joint-service requirement for its Army and Air Force calling for a light-class multi-role utility platform. A first-flight was recorded on September 6th, 2016 and the product remains in development with a single example completed. It was originally expected to take to the air during 2015 but delays in the program have seen mounting delays in project goals.

At its core, the helicopter is a traditionally-arranged, rotary-winged aircraft seating the single engine installation over the passenger cabin roof. In the cockpit is seating for two in a side-by-side arrangement. The cabin seats an additional six. Automobile-style doors grant access to the cockpit with sliding doors giving entry/exit to the passenger space. Power is from a HAL (French Turbomeca) "Shakti" Model 1U turboshaft engine delivering 1,706 horsepower to a four-bladed main rotor over the fuselage and a four-bladed tail rotor offset to starboard. Vertical tail fins straddle the tail stem along its midway point and a sole vertical fin sits atop the extreme aft portion of the stem proper. The undercarriage is of a fixed skid-type arrangement, reducing the maintenance commitment, simplifying production and limiting per-unit procurement costs.

To date (2016), the Indian military is contracted for 384 total LUH systems with 187 set to be manufactured by HAL beginning in 2018. Further production will stem from elsewhere.

The LUH is one of several indigenous Indian aviation ventures, showcasing a desire to become more self-sufficient in the field of military equipment. Considering India is one of the top global importers of such goods, it behooves the nation to invest heavily into its own defense.

Any available statistics for the HAL LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) Multirole Lightweight Single-Engine Utility Helicopter are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (155mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: India
Year: 2018
Type: Multirole Lightweight Single-Engine Utility Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) - India
Production: 1
Global Operators:
India (projected)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the HAL LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
52.49 ft


Meters
16 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
43.31 ft


Meters
13.2 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
16.40 ft


Meters
5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
4,211 lb


Kilograms
1,910 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
6,945 lb


Kilograms
3,150 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x HAL (Turbomeca) "Shakti" 1U turboshaft engine developing 1,706 horsepower and driving four-blade main rotor and four-blade tail rotor.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
155 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
250 kph


Knots
135 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
217 mi


Kilometers
350 km


Nautical Miles
189 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
21,325 ft


Meters
6,500 m


Miles
4.04 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,500 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
457 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• LUH ("Light Utility Helicopter") - Base Series Name